Jake Weidmann, as you can see above, is reviving the art of penmanship one stroke at a time. But he’s not the only one preserving our heritage and culture by reviving seemingly lost artistic skills and crafting disciplines.
Once, if you needed something crafted from wood, and you wanted smooth, clean lines, you turned it on a pole lathe. The pole lathe isn’t like modern industrial lathes; the wood rotates first one way, then the other, as you step on a treadle. It takes much more planning, and in fact requires carpenter’s tools instead of lathe tools, but the results speak for themselves.
The tapestry was once central to our understanding of history: The Bayeux Tapestry, in fact, is one of the most accurate and detailed historical records of the Norman conquest of England. But while photography and film have taken over for documenting history, artists are still weaving tapestries to create art and document life.
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Two fellas on the workbench being brought to life today, finally taking true shape after months of forging and tedious blade work. The left is a high-medieval sword, which will have figures of wild springtime woodland beasts engraved into its brass ferrules. And the right is an Anglo Saxon "Type L" sword, with an 8-bar composite twist pattern-welded blade, and has a 5000+ year old bog oak grip and scabbard from Yorkshire England. The finished sword will feature engraved silver decorations. These two blades are eagerly awaiting their arrival to their patient owners. If you'd like to own work from my forge then please consider signing up for my official mailing list: http://eepurl.com/bgq68j Where I will notify people via email periodically throughout the year about new and available work from my forge. #bladesmithing #swordsmithing
As hard as it may be to believe, by the mid-20th century, blacksmithing in general had nearly died out as an artform. From a very few swordsmiths in the 20th century, a handful of artists such as Junko Mori are keeping the art of crafting in iron alive,, and creating gorgeous works of art, as well.
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CONTEST WITH PRIZES! We're excited to bring back the Heroes Portraits series for 2016. What characters would you like to see? Please tell us below! If we choose your suggestion, you can pick any giclée print from our store as a prize. PLUS, we'll make your idea into a woodblock print, so that's pretty cool.
There is no art form more distinctive and more arresting than the Japanese woodprint, ukiyo-e. It influenced everything from Japanese culture to modern design. But it was also a difficult artform to learn, and printing presses made creating prints much easier and cheaper. New prints became almost impossible to find… until artists revived it in the 21st century to create prints of video game heroes.