While seated waiting for my appointment. I paged through the Mail and Guardian newspaper. I read an interesting article about artists collaborating with designers. You can read the full article here.
I found it fascinating since I have always been interested in the blurring of boundaries between art, craft and design.
The piece that stood out for me was this one:
By the artist Daniella Mooney.
Besides the exquisite craftsmanship and aesthetics, it transported me to my childhood. My grandmother’s house used to have floors like these. My brother and I used to slide up and down the hall after it has been polished. Imagine the fun we would have with a chair like this!
I couldn’t resist reading up more about her. On her website she shares the process and photos of making this piece.
Her other work is just as interesting:
On the website of the gallery where she had her first solo it states:
With media as diverse as moss and borrowed wishes (retrieved from corporate fountains and forested baths), black fountains and light itself, Mooney’s exhibition posits art as a catalyst, and a container, for some of the enchantment of nature, science and everyday life. The artist uses her impeccable craftsmanship to carve, mould, burn and build; to create works as intriguing, beautiful and tragic as nature itself.
Intriguing, beautiful and tragic indeed….