Arts & Crafts of the World

One particularly inspiring section of Bigvyor is called “Arts & Crafts of the World”. As the title suggests, it is open for a wide variety of crafts from across the globe and a quick browse is certain to reveal something to your liking. I thought that I would pick out a few examples that caught my eye.

The first is a dazzling piece that is exactly the sort of object that you might hope to find in a gallery displaying arts and crafts from India. It is a hand painted, enamelled metal Ganapati (Hindu God of wisdom) submitted by the artist Margreaty. Although it is listed at only four inches in height, it has great detail and typically bright colours. I have never worked in metal and would not know where to begin, so I can only admire the craftsmanship involved in such a tiny piece.

The second piece that I’d like to mention is Metal Clarinet in the gallery of Lily Roberts. This appears to be sculpted out of a collection of nuts and bolts, welded together to form a small figure of a clarinet player. For a relatively simple piece, it is enormous fun and has a character all of its own. It illustrates perfectly what can be created out of simple everyday objects that might generally be discarded. This is a theme that I am hoping to explore through my Ecoarts project and I will be returning to the subject again and again.

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If metalwork is beyond the scope of many of us, then working in glass is even more awe inspiring. Megan Sens has just three pieces in a gallery called Made of Glass, but all of them are eye catching. The one I picked out for close attention is Tiffany glasswork. The piece is made up of several panels and has a calming blue tone. It has a religious feel to it with two sets of four goblets at the foot and a single goblet or receptacle raised in a central position. Whatever its purpose, it is a very nice piece of work.

Next on my list is Jar of Jute in the gallery of Mia Greene. Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibres and can be spun into coarse, strong threads. In this instance, the threads surround a jar with a decorative bow in the shape of a rooster. It is the sort of thing that would sit nicely in any country kitchen! Mia has also listed Jute tokens and a Jute bag in her gallery and hopefully there will be more to come.

My final selection illustrates the diversity of craftwork available across the globe. I have chosen the Kokeshi dolls submitted by Maico Okimura and credited to Chinchikurin. This set of four are Nobana – A Wild Flower, Hanasoded – Kimono Flower Girl, Sachinohana – Lucky Flower and Hiyori – Fine Weather. They are simple, yet bold and colourful. Kokeshi dolls originate from the Tohoku region of Northern Japan and date back to the early 19th century. It is well worth looking at the other dolls in Maico’s gallery.

Anyone can join Bigvyor and submit arts or crafts. They do not have to be the artist, it could just be something that they value and would like to share. You can pick out your favourites and form your own gallery or “room” on the site and share your thoughts with others. If you wish to contact me regarding my blog please email harvey.mayson@bigvyor.com.

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