New on Substack Posted on November 27, 2022 by Lost Art Press Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTumblrPinterestTwitterLike this:Like Loading...
12 thoughts on “New on Substack”
I think I can be kind and disagree? Regardless of how I feel about imagery, you’re an accomplished author. I enjoy reading your writings. I especially enjoy the printing and print. It’s great to have books.
Like so many other things, it depends on how well it’s done. If it’s with a light hand, and actually enhances the lines of the piece — hey, okay. But if it’s an afterthought and/or a bit of showing-off — I couldn’t agree more.
Happens in architecture also
Are there any good books on the meaning of carvings or decorations on furniture.
Are there any good books on the meanings of carvings or certain decorations on furniture.
“ The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture”, by George Hersey would be a good start. The subject is vast. This one book (or any other book for that matter) will only be enough to begin to understand. If it whets your appetite, you might actually want to enter that rabbit hole.
I like “campaign furniture” which has no ornament (except the brass corners), but then it has to be made with a nice wood.
On the other side, flat pack furniture is just sinister. Where I live there is everyday advertisement on TV to promote putting built-in everywhere in the house. Personally, I don’t want to live in a laboratory/hospital.
Molding has a bad press as it is seen as something which was for the rich people. Of course, it was costly and not everybody could afford it.
But I don’t see why somebody doing furniture for himself would refrain to do something he finds pleasant to his eyes. (not to speak of the satisfaction to achieve to the desired result).
All furniture has ornament. Every single piece. If you bevel the edge of a seat or table top to give it an air of lightness, it’s ornament. If you angle the edges of that chair crest, it’s ornament.
Folks like to say Shaker Furniture has no ornament, but it’s just not true. It may not have rococo carving, but Shaker stuff has all kinds of ornament.
How much ornament is “right?” De gustibus non est disputandum.
While I don’t want a bunch of carved furniture in my house, I SO enjoy the process of carving. It’s a conundrum.
If a woodworker also happens to be an artist, they may want to add ornament as an expression of whatever, just because.
Comments are closed.