It’s been a chilly and eventful past few weeks since my last posting–minor personal injury, Hurricane Sandy, and the happiest possible outcome (in my little opinion) for the 2012 American Presidency have kept me occupied aside from my usual internet research and work. I’m so thankful to have escaped the very worst of Sandy and that my eye injury has healed up!!
My sunroom studio is pretty chilly these days even with a space heater and full winter regalia on (except gloves!), so progress has been slow, but none-the-less, happening. I had a sneak peek at some of my pro photos and it goes without saying that I’m eagerly anticipating their completion. But good things are worth waiting for, and you’ll just have to take my word on things that I do in fact make work! I know, the suspense is killing me too.
So with all of the notable events that have happened recently, this instalment of Otha People’s Art (That I Love) focuses on the multi-talented, and hugely inspirational Danish Designer, Bjorn Wiinblad.
Creativity and beauty are a marvellous currency–it is adaptable and often speaks so eloquently of a particular time, yet also transcends it. The best creativity holds its own, yet also inspires other wonderful creative works in others. Such is most definitely the case with Bjorn Wiinblad, who upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, first gained international prominence in the late 1940’s as an illustrator, and later encompassed many design mediums including furniture, porcelain, textile and costume design, and stage design into his repertoire.
There is a whimsical elegance to Bjorn’s work–it is graceful and simple, modern yet organic. There is often a wonderful marriage of intricate pattern with simple shapes as well as the human form.
Having been born at the end of the first World War and witness to the devastation of the Second, it’s probably no coincidence that Bjorn’s work seeks to uphold the beautiful, endearing and enduring aspects of Humanity: I get a feeling of Post-War optimism and renewal from his work yet there’s really something timeless about it–even tho empires build and crumble, fortunes wax and wane, and humanity goes thru great periods of distress and devastation, there is still a good side to life–there is hope and a definite joie de vivre that transcends everything. To me there is an undeniable correlation to ancient aesthetics–a gorgeous use of pattern and line and beautiful celebration of the human form. It really reminds me of my little place in the Universe and all who have come before me 😉