Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
This is the last post about the Doll Exhibition. I will leave you with my favourite artist – Camille Allen. This Canadian born artist learnt this art for 8 years!! She actually started or learnt making large life size dolls. Then one day, from bits of clay left over from a larger doll, she created a miniature baby. She loved this so much… that she continued to experiment and make them… Here are a few of her creations..
This is Camille Allen at work. Please read more about her…
While we stood there… she made the eyes, mouth and features of this little baby….
The babies are made of polymer clay. Once crafted, this clay has to be treated at high temperature of 265 to 275 deg F.
I’m off for a long weekend.. and will leave you with a few of her babies…. The details, the eyes, the mouth, the wrinkles… are truly the work of an extremely talented artist…
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Yesterday I wandered off with the girls to the Doll Exhibition at the Dubai Festival City. It was an experience beyond words to see the doll makers & artists at work. Their work was so amazing... with such intricacy & attention to every detail.... that I really have no words to explain..
There were over 300 dolls on display from 15 talented artists from all over the world - Germany, Canada & Japan to name a few!! The exhibition includes different doll styles, doll making workshops & demo for kids as well.....
Some dolls were made of porcelain, papier-mache, clay, polymer clay (special doll making clay), special Japanese clay (that did not need any treating after modelling). Some were simply made of scrap material.
The dolls with attitude - The cute baby dolls -
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Sometime last month I featured Tham + Videgard Hansson Architects ‘Ceiling of Decorated tiles’. Here is another architectural achievement – The Tree Hotel.
Stockholm-based architects Tham + Videgard Hansson Arkitekter have designed a hotel hidden in the trees, to be located in Harads, Sweden.
Aluminium structures will be hung around tree trunks and clad in mirrored glass. The units will be accessible by rope ladder or rope bridge, each providing accommodation for two people including a living room, double bed, small kitchen, bathroom and roof terrace.
Here’s some text from Tham + Videgard Hansson Arkitekter:
A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden-Harads.
The concept is to create a shelter up in the trees, a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, boxes clad in mirrored glass, 4×4x4 meters. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view.
The functions provides a living for two people, a double bed, a small kitchen and bathroom, a living room and roof terrace. The access to the cabin is by a rope ladder or a rope bridge.
To prevent birds fly into the windows, transparent stickers, visible for birds, will be added to the facades.