The self-portrait

Table and chair by Annette Koehnen

When artists have nothing else to paint, they can always paint their own portrait. Is that really why artists paint themselves? A good portrait reveals more (or less) than a snapshot. But should tell you something specific. It is not accidental. People like work by artists with an easy-to-recognise style. It is like looking through the artist’s eyes.
But do you ever look at a chair or cupboard and ask yourself what the maker was thinking? It was probably more than just – where can I put these books? It did not just get made by accident. They are sometimes self-portraits too, look carefully and perhaps you will be able to see the world through the maker’s eyes.


Cabinets of Curiosity

We are curious makers of things, things we dream up ourselves. Remarkable, useful, beautiful and original things. Sometimes they are made entirely by hand, sometimes partly by machine, in the future perhaps by robots. May be not robots. Always with an eye for detail and with an element of fun.

If you care to follow this blog and join our journey, we’ll share our successes and (occasional) failures with you and hopefully you’ll become a frequent visitor. Suppose that depends on us keeping you entertained. So let’s get on with the words and pictures.

Work in progress


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