Friday, July 31, 2009

Ideas? Forms from Nature

One trend in artistic blacksmithing is duplication of natural forms from nature in forged steel.

The classic standard is making steel roses, attempting to perfectly duplicate the real in metal. Although there is no doubt of the craftsmanship involved, I personally find the creativity quite limited. My own taste (obvious in my work) is to the more imaginary lines of Art Nouveau.
That being said, Nature is endlessly inventive:

I am always amazed at how 'fantastic' real natural forms can be. Making metal roses may be difficult - but...

1 comment:

Glendon Mellow said...

Was it Jacques Cousteau who pointed out that before humans visited the bottom of the oceans, we never imagined such strange and wonderful organisms?

Nature is always work a long study before creating artistic visions. Skip the roses.


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