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issue 13 - April/May 2013
CURVE magazine cover April/May 2013
   
Dioramas by J. Brooke Patterson

     An egg for California based artist J. Brooke Patterson is a container of life, one which inspires her to imagine the many things that can dwell inside. Within the corridors of that space, she creates little worlds that are enchanting and stimulating, both decorative and narrative. The eggshell itself, be it that of a chicken, goose or quail, is often a subject of Patterson’s work and a point of departure, exploring its color and texture, as well as the juxtaposition between its strength and fragility.
   
’Rebirth’ Light by Nosigner

     It is virtually impossible not to like the ’Rebirth’ light fixture by Japan based design firm Nosigner, unless of course you’re a chicken or some other fluffy bird. Made out of eggshells, which were attached in a complementary form, the structure appears autonomous in beauty, much like the naturally-occurring shapes found in nature.
   
’Motivation’ Installations by Anne Gates

     For American fiber artist Anne Gates, an egg is a very loaded symbol. In her ’Motivation’ series, she uses the egg to represent the beginning of an idea and the fragility this entails. The ongoing body of work, an installation of white eggshells embroidered with dark thread, is to her an embodiment of courage. ’The stark contrast between the black and the white represents both the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations behind why people do what they do,’ Gates comments.
   
Eggshell Jewelry by 2Roses

     The use of unorthodox materials is not uncommon to the repertoire of design studio 2Roses. Yet the California based jewelry makers caused a major stir when they started breaking eggs to create an extraordinary finish for their bespoke bracelets. ’The technique was developed in ancient Vietnam as a decorative surface for furniture and other objects,’ Corliss Rose and John Lemieux Rose, the force behind 2Roses, point out. It was a practice that only reached the West in the ’20s when French colonialists introduced Coquille d’Oeuf art objects to European society, the Roses add.
   
’L’Uovo’ Installation by Ingo Maurer

     This spellbinding, surrealist sculpture by German industrial designer and light virtuoso Ingo Maurer is not some heavily Photoshopped digital painting or photo montage. This is ’L’Uovo’, an installation that’s on permanent view at the Fondazione Carispe, Italy, created especially by the celebrated designer as homage to the renaissance master of light, Piero della Francesca.
   
’Eggshell Sculptures’ by Tamera Seevers

     What do Frosty the Snowman, an Apache Indian and spring butterflies have in common? They have all fueled the imagination of artist Tamera Seevers and have landed on one of her endearing eggshell sculptures. The hands of the Colorado native have nimbly transformed countless eggshells into pieces of intricate beauty.
   
’Eggshell’ Stationery by Nicolas Cheng

     A stationery set made out of eggshells? The pencil, pencil holder and eraser are crafted with eggshells, pressed together then made to hold using egg whites. The product of Stockholm based artist/designer Nicolas Cheng’s crisp imagination, the set harkens memories of school and yesteryear. This mood lends itself to the name of the series, which is ’Childhood Memories’.
ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS
    
CREATIVE EGGCELLENCE
    
MIDNIGHT IN BARCELONA
    
Scrap Wood City by James McNabb
    

STEELING THE SHOW
    

TO INK, OR NOT TO INK
    

RAISE YOUR GLASSES!
 
    

A CULINARY CURE
    

ROOMS WITH A VIEW
    

FUTURISTIC TRADITION
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