20 December 2010

Weaving in architecture 2

asymptote architecture: kaohsiung port terminal

kaohsiung port terminal, asymptote architecture, kaohsiung, taiwan

images and drawings courtesy of asymptote architecture

the interwoven structure of the curved
roof provides shelter to the natural elements
and illumination in the evenings when
various activities are taking place.
the design, a geometric, scale-like pattern
offers a continually transforming
environment, affected by light, shadow
and time of day

06 December 2010

Weaving in architecture

NL architects: tower of power

Countdown for "Indigènes", Grande Provence, 16.January 2011

Eight new medium format Flower Portraits are almost ready for the Small Gallery at Grande Provence. Based on indigenous flora, they will complement a selection of drawings from Rome and later, a hand smithied indigenous flower sculpture and soft furnishings featuring organic marine flora. I grew up with a print of Tretchikoff's "Lost Orchid" from the late 1940's so this is a major source for how I understand flowers. Tretchikoff also knew that flowers have characters, and I'm delighted the 1st retrospective of his work will be held at the SANG in 2011.

16 November 2010

Sally Arnold™ at Ambiente Living, Frankfurt, February 11-15, 2011

Exciting news: my mohair rugs and cushions will be on show on the SA National Pavilion in the LOFT, dedicated to exclusive designer homeware, at Ambiente Frankfurt 2011. An incredible opportunity to show my skills and the beautiful mohair fibre to over 132,000 (Ambiente 2010) trade visitors. Thanks to the CCDI and DTI for so much support!  

20 August 2010

A brief history of flat-weaving

The women of Anatolia have, for thousands of years, created beautiful flat-weavings that only recently have come to be appreciated by Western collectors. There are several reasons why the flat-woven Kilim is such a recent discovery amongst collectors. Most Westerners have formed pre-conceived notions about carpets, primarily that a carpet must have a knotted pile. Flat-weavings were seen as a minority tradition within a greater and older tradition of knotted pile carpets and rugs. The reverse is actually true. Flat-weavings predate knotted pile carpets by many thousands of years, and flat-weaving has dominated the five-thousand year old history of woven textiles in the Near East.

Another preconception that has kept collectors from recognizing the importance of flat weaving is the tendency in the West to regard weavings as floor coverings. The Kilim was used to create the walls of tents, to make saddle bags and containers, dust covers for furniture, for artistic as well as practical household uses. It was used as an expression of tribal culture, as part of a young woman's skill. A Kilim could be spread on the floor and used for food preparation. It could be slept on. It was never used exclusively for walking on.

08 August 2010

South African Handmade Collection 2010 at Decorex Johannesburg

KarooStar Interiors has the privilege of being on the Western Cape/Cape Craft and Design Institute stand, which won Gold for Best Stand in the SA Handmade Collection hall today.

29 July 2010

Upcoming exhibition after 5 year break


Sally Arnold™ will be showing a selection of new paintings and original soft furnishings from the 2010 "Indigenous" Series at Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek (ZA) in  Jan 2011, watch this space for details. Image above: view of the gallery

17 July 2010

South African Handmade Collection 2010

Sally Arnold™ is part of the South African Handmade Collection, which will once again collate with the legendary Decorex SA Johannesburg, promising to be a celebration of Joburg's most urban & chic spaces by talented style shapers, trend makers & décor creators. Trade professionals & consumers can indulge in the haute & the handmade; from 5th – 9th August 2010 at the Gallagher Convention Centre. 

09 June 2010

Mohair South Africa winter 2010 campaign

Lovely violet - the colour of South African winter 2010 and Sally Arnold™'s Karoo Geometric rug....

02 June 2010

Sally Arnold™ on DETAIL360.com - German + English

http://www.detail360.com/This highly professional site for architects, engineers and all collaborators in the building industries lists my European "Art on Building" projects

30 May 2010

"Artist's Rugs - Limited Edition": Orchid

The first of the Artist's Rugs - as once-off, signed Artist's Proofs - will soon be manufactured in Cape Town by Rugalia.

Besides Acacia (see earlier posts), Orchid will be blossoming in a sculpted wool pile original. Watch this space for the finished products....

26 May 2010

Press news South Africa May 2010

House + Leisure SA, loyal supporter of my design aesthetic since 2001, features two Sally Arnold ™ mohair products this month: the North African/Turkish inspired, sturdy floor cushions, and the Lily Ottoman - both a seat and storage space, using wood from recycled wine oak barrels.

21 May 2010

Inspiration for "Artist's Rugs - Limited Edition": Anemone

Wading in the rock pools off the Western Cape coast, I love looking at sea anemones with their wavy soft shapes and bright colours. Starfish also lie on the rocks.... an amazing watery world full of inspiration....

"Artist's Rugs - Limited Edition": Anemone

14 May 2010

Introducing "Artist's Rugs - Limited Edition"

Inspired by a clump of seaweed on the beach at my sister Lizzie's house near Gourits River mouth, I designed the Seaweed Rug. Hand tufted and sculpted to a 5mm profile, and linking back to a 1973 cement sculpture "Growth" from art college days in Cape Town, this 80% wool 20% nylon rug will warm your wintry days + comfort you with beach vibes

07 May 2010

Paintings which don't match the curtains

Ornament I + II, crylic on boxed canvas, 30 x 40 cms each. R7500 both

Flora I + II, oil and acrylic on boxed canvas, 30 x 30 cms each. R7500 both

05 May 2010

Press news South Africa April 2010

"Lily" rug, tufted and hand sculpted wool, Property Magazine/Trends Issue, April 2010

Press news South Africa Feb 2010

As a mentor in the rug category to "Design Time" school of interior design in Cape Town, I was thrilled when Cara Siegers (top) reached the top 10 fianlists in House & Leisure/Woolworths Green Design Award 2010.

04 May 2010

2009 Stock to clear at cost

Soft Seat "Euphorbia", resilient yet silky mohair flatweave over 100% cotton covered high density foam. Was R3304, now R1686, size: 40 x 50 x 50 cm

2009 Stock to clear at cost

Soft Seat "Klapperbos", pure mohair flatweave, high density foam inner covered in 100% cotton, was R3605, now R2090. Size: 60 x 50 x 50 cm

03 May 2010

2008/09 stock to clear at cost

"Lily" floor cushions, mohair flatweave with napa leather bases and sturdy foam filling, were R7615, now R4230. Sizes: 114 x 114 x 20 cm.

2008/09 stock to clear at cost

"Seaweed" + "Kelp": these sturdy ottomans, made from solid wood, foam padding and tufted wool seats with Karoo sheepskin sides are perfect for a bedroom or lounge area. Were R10470, now R5515. Size: 90 x 90 x 55 cm.

02 May 2010

News from my Karoo design lab

I'll be publishing new rug designs and art pieces for sale on this blog, instead of maintaining two separate websites. Coming next: Artist's Rug samples, silver bronzes and a selection of paintings. Sneak preview: see above