It is always so fun and interesting to see how works of art from another century can not only be appreciated in our time, but can go as far as to inspire a movement of modern design. Lately we have seen designers being inspired by the cut-out shapes reminiscent of artists like Henri Matisse and Alexander Calder. Susan has been inspired as well and we are excited to show our newest collection of jewelry made with these fabulous gold abstract shapes.Henri Matisse was known primarily as a French painter in the early 1900’s. He truly help define the evolution of art in the 20th century. He used color as his foundation, and wanted his works to be calming and enjoyable instead of stuffy or depressing. In our modern world of endless tasks and busy lives, it’s no wonder the creations of someone with this philosophy would be appealing. In his early years, Matisse sometimes used cut out shapes to help himself realize the composition of a large painting, but they were not part of his final product. In his old age, he was confined in his movements and eventually bed ridden, bringing back to mind the idea of those cut-outs. He would have assistants to help him use the shapes he cut out of paper painted with gouache to create colorful collages. Many of these works pictured below are what he is most known for, and where our trend comes into play.
Alexander (Sandy) Calder was also an artist of shapes. He is known as the originator of the mobile. He would make his sculptures using organic shapes that would suspended from his balanced creation. In his early years, he created Cirque Calder, a combination of wirey figures that he would bring to art shows to demonstrate. It was said his circus grew to fill 2 large suitcases and was very popular among the French avant-garde. After this, his works moved more to the abstract, using shapes to create mobiles that responded to changing air currents and light. He also created “stabiles” as they were dubbed, that remained staionary. This is where the inspiration for Susan’s new pieces comes into play.Calder even made a few jewelry pieces of his own that are now worth tens (even hundreds) of thousands of dollars at auction.
Susan’s handmade gold shapes are inspired by Calder’s art and bring a very modern elegance to any wardrobe.
Jewelry and fashion designers may not be the only ones inspired by Alexander Calder. This sculpture below we found on Horchow.com has a very Calder-esque look to it.This framed birthday card was painted by Sandy Calder for his friend and fellow artist, Joan Miró. The coils you see in his eyes were also a common theme in Calder’s jewelry and sculpture works.Susan studied art in college and has always had a love for the visual arts. Her passion makes this inspiration an obvious fit. The earrings below really celebrate the cut out organic shapes Matisse and Calder made so famous in their time.The piece below, The Parakeet and the Mermaid, shows much of the style that Matisse was so well known for.The interior design community has also shown it’s love for Matisse and his works. Companies like Schumacher and Kate Zaremba make wallpapers naming Matisse as their muse. Who even needs art when this is what is on your walls?!
This lamp by Arteriors takes the Matisse look to a sculptural level.And this dishware by Bernardaud is reminiscent of The Parakeet and the Mermaid and would add a modern touch to the most elegant of dinner parties.Whether you are an art buff or not, it is hard not to appreciate the design of Susan’s new collection. So don’t be afraid to take shape with these new pieces in your wardrobe!
Susan Shaw Jewelry
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