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Monday, February 20, 2012

Stig Lindberg

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.
Many are simple in their use of line and colour, yet the effect is alluring.
He often uses organic shapes, especially leaves. These he then embellishes in his own distinctive way.
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.
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.
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