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Monday, February 20, 2012

Stig Lindberg

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I am often asked that impossible question about where I get my ideas for my designs.

The short answer is, "Everywhere". The longer answer involves looking at inspiration from many sources, including the work of other artisans.

Currently I have become quite fascinated by the ceramic work of Swedish designer Stig Lindberg (1916-1982). Lindberg was an incredibly prolific ceramic designer, illustrator, painter, glass and textile designer.

I have fallen in love with his ceramics. They are playful and graceful, full of life and whimsy. I find them irresistible.
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Many are simple in their use of line and colour, yet the effect is alluring.
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He often uses organic shapes, especially leaves. These he then embellishes in his own distinctive way.
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His work comprises many other aesthetics and forms, but I am particularly drawn to these designs drawn directly from nature.

This simple leaf motif reminds me of the spare imagery in Lotta Jansdotter's textile prints.
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Lindberg has also designed a whole series of candelabra, all different. This one again uses a minimalist approach, resulting in a cactus-like form decorated with the most basic of design elements: the stripe.
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The gentle colouring is lovely and evocative, too.

I remain ever grateful that there are so many wonderful artists of every medium and tradition whose work can inspire and motivate.


Posted by Ilga Leja on 02/20 at 11:21 AM