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  • finding yourself at home... 18/06/15 newsletter detail

    in kerala, southern india this january i discovered a tropical paradise. pepper vine and jackfruits became the inspiration for one of our carpet designs that were then crafted in northern india. i always thought that pepper grew on trees till I watched this skilled man harvesting a crop up his nifty bamboo ladder. if you look carefully you can see the dangling clusters of pepper.

    a hand sketch was transplanted to a cartoon for the weavers to work from and the colour tufts shown above match our set in sydney, so that we could have a colour match.

    local wool was hand-spun and naturally dyed, as has been the tradition for hundreds of years in this part of the world. i was asked to approve the dyes which have beautiful subtle colour variations due to the varying thickness of the yarn.

    local weavers have hand knotted carpets for generations. their muscle memory means that their speed is so fast that it is even difficult to follow. in the warmer months the weavers work when it is too hot to be in their fields. one carpet often takes three weavers generally 3 or 4 months of knotting. this is our five shades of grey carpet on the loom. villagers often have a wide direct gaze and always seem shy, curious and not afraid of human connection... all at the same time

    weavers work with the pile towards them, prior to trimming, so they can't clearly see what they are doing. off the loom the carpets need some correction. each pattern is "penciled" at the end, so that the pile sits in the correct place. the man working on our blue carpet was untying individual knots and retying them in the correct location. i was amazed.

     

    a collection of our carpets have started arriving at the surry hills showroom. we would love to talk to you about our carpets, custom designs, sizes and colours. 

  • finding yourself at home... 4 june newsletter detail

    indigo dye has been used for thousands of years. it has played a major role in many civilisations having been associated with religious paintings dating back to 500 AD and at the time of the crusades, it was considered a highly valued 'spice'.

    the dye has been used across the world from asia to europe and this colour is still being used today. originally, the indigo colour comes from a plant which undergoes treatment. one method is to harvest the indigo and then place it in a large pot of water to ferment. after a day it is brought to boil changing the colour to blue. when agitated, the blue sediments fall to the bottom. it is then drawn off in to various tubs and sieved leaving a light, hard and sparkling substance. it is then ready for another process which forms the dye.

    the indigo colour has been celebrated by many countries - namely india and japan who have used the indigo extensively to bring colour and beauty to fabrics and wares.

    we love the versatility of this deep and rich colour and its unique and handmade quality. we display indigo bed covers, scarves and shawls and indigo packaged soap and heat packs. you will find these at both our potts point and surry hills showrooms.

     

  • finding yourself at home... 21 may 2015 newsletter detail

    pashmina is the finest type of cashmere. a wool which comes from three breeds of pashmina goats that are native to the himalayas. these materials share a long history with india and nepal having been hand spun and hand woven for thousands of years. 

    hand spinning and weaving is an extremely lengthy and skilful task that requires patience and dedication.  the raw material is sorted, stretched, cleaned and then soaked to soften. pashmina wool is hand spun on a spinning wheel which in india is locally known as a 'charkha'. this process forms long threads that can then be hand loomed creating scarves and throws. as it is a delicate process, time and care is taken with every pashmina shawl or scarf. experienced makers can take up to 250 hours to complete a simple throw.

    having been subject to low temperatures, high altitudes and harsh climates pashmina wool is naturally warm, durable and light, making it perfect to wear in the colder months. 

    we love pashminas because the entire process from harvesting, spinning, weaving and dyeing is all completed by hand. the diligence and craftsmanship of these processes results in such a high quality material with a luxurious feel and look.

    our pashminas are sourced direct from india and each piece is hand selected. you will find pashminas and cashmere and many other scarves and throws at both our potts point and surry hills showrooms.

     

  • finding yourself at home... 10 may 2015 newsletter detail

    we have loved and presented szilvia gyorgy's work for many years and are exited about a new collection from her studio, the 'dint' series. these pieces (above) are traditionally thrown on a potters wheel where she intentionally forms each piece differently. this is something that she believes reflects the reality of our own individuality. szilvia throws multiple shapes and before firing they are then squeezed together with one piece formed by the other. these thin and translucent shapes are white when not illuminated but transform to a warm and ambient light when turned on. 

    her 'cut' series pendants are a new direction from this classic collection. they are formed on the wheel where she centres her clay and begins to throw a bowl form. during the drying process, szilvia cuts the pieces with a sharp knife and then reassembles each element. a strong focus on shadow play and negative shapes results in a beautiful diffuse light. for many years clients have requested these as pendants, so we are happy that they are now available.

    szilvia is contributing to the venice art biennale where her works will be presented as a large format video projection. the address is via garibaldi 1791 sestiere, castello. it is right between the giardini and the arsenale if you happen to be in venice and want to have a look.

    our collecton of szilvia gyorgy's 'dint' table lights are exclusively at planet's potts point showroom while her porcelain candle votives, lights and kitchen wares are displayed in both showrooms.

  • finding yourself at home... 28 april 2015 newsletter detail

    the tea ceremony is a japanese cultural activity involving the preparation and presentation of matcha, a powdered green tea. the ceremony is steeped in tradition and is very choreographed and ordered which results in a specific range of equipment. aesthetically speaking, there are many variants of dōgu (tools) that are chosen for different levels of the ceremony. these tools are seen as a highly significant personal expression.

      

    above you will find some of the key equipment used in a traditional tea ceremony.

    the tea caddy (cha-ire) is specifically used when making thick tea (koicha). the whisk (chasen) is carved from a single piece of bamboo and is used during the ceremony to prepare the tea for drinking. the tea scoop (chashaku) is carved from bamboo and is used to transfer the tea from the chaire to the chawan.

    the tea bowl (chawan) has many variants and there are many different considerations when choosing a tea bowl whether it is chosen for a specific tea ceremony or for your own use. chawans are appreciated for the rim (kuchi-zukuri), the inside of the bowl (mikomi), the body of the bowl (dou) and the foot (koudai). It is a personal object, one that feels balanced, has a pleasant weight and overall, feels right in your hands. 

    the ladle (hishaku) is made from bamboo and is used when transferring hot water from the pot to the chawan and is always placed on a rest (futa-oki) and the water pot (mitzusashi) is filled with fresh cold water that is used by the host to fill the heated iron pot (kama). 

    tea ceremony equipment serve as practical tools but are also deeply aesthetic and can be admired in use or ornamentally. planet is inspired by both vintage and contemporary ceramics and are focused on representing a wide selection of techniques. our unique and ever growing collection will allow for you to discover and find your own style within planet.

     

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