Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Flickr Favorites- Wonder Cabinets


1. Sea Shell Spring, 2. globe collection, 3. Portrait of Ginevra d'Antoino Lupari in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 2008, 4. Macro of a Snail Shell

We just launched our new collection, The Wonder Cabinet Collection. This mosaic is all inspired by those cabinets. Visit ArtMind's blog to see more mosaics and join the fun!


Cabinets of curiosities (also known as Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, or wonder-rooms) were encyclopedic collections of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history (sometimes faked), geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art (including cabinet paintings) and antiquities. The Kunstkammer was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. The Kunstkammer conveyed symbolically the patron's control of the world through its indoor, microscopic reproduction. (Images and information are taken from WikiPedia).




We have been experimenting with treasures we found during our walks on the beach and forests, to keep them safe for a long time. The best and most interesting results gave the idea to cast them in resin (epoxy) which gives a glass effect and which will make sure that the finding will be safe for a very long time. The treasures reminds us of the Wonder Cabinets, which were started at the early 1500's by rich men, collections of natural and non natural finds were all shown in the Cabinet (room) of Curiosities. Beside the natural finds we will be using alot of vintage finds for this collection, to give that good old feeling. These pieces are the first ones, and we are still in the process of making many others...

15 comments:

ingermaaike said...

Very,very cool new creations! These are my very faves of all your things!

Beautiful mosaic too!

Kreativlink said...

What a wonderful idea!

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

I love this new series--genious pure!

Malene said...

Wow they are wonderful! Have you just started playing with resin? I heard it can be really messy to work with?

Star of the East said...

Hi Malene, no we have been working with resin for years, it is messy and tricky and easy to mess up your work.

ArtMind said...

Great mosaic and a stunning new collection! Big congrats & I hope it will be a big success!
Now that I finally managed to visit your blog I'm going to read back all the wonderful posts that I missed recently! ;)

Chrissie said...

Beautiful and instructive!

kraplap said...

I love the new line Estella !! It's a splendid idea !!

LeelaBijou said...

Very pretty new collection!!!

ana carina said...

Oohh I love your new collection! So beautiful!

nanouke

Rita alias alatvian said...

WOW! Great idea!

Pesky Cat Designs said...

I absolutely love your new line of work. Your creativity is amazing. I just love the natural objects preserved in resin.

St├ęphanie Kilgast said...

In Berlin there have a collection of dead fetus which all kind of disease (like the 'mermaid disease' or Siamese twins). They all were collected in the 19th century with no real purpose.

Ok, it's a bit like those wonder cabinets, old weird collections :D

hugs!

vadjutka said...

your wonder cabinets are genious!
somehow I associate their atmosphere to the works of 17th century Dutch painters.

india said...

there's a wonderful store in Melbourne, Australia, called 'wunderkammer'....full of extraordinary treasures large and small