Jun 262014
 
crochet

Completely unique, no pattern used. Acrylic yarn. Measures approximately 165x155x7 mm.

This purple crocheted dishcloth has been designed by Alexandra Cook in Newtown, Powys, Wales. One of a kind item for a homely handmade home. To the shop.

handmade washcloth

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Feb 132014
 

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My granny was a fanatical crocheter. She made curtains, tablecloths, shirts, cushions, doilies,   anything you could imagine. Some of these are still in the good shape,  some of her craftwork unfortunately is disintegrating – like the fragments of a net curtain I’ ve used to make this heart.  I did two, one is kept by my daughter in her room, this one is in my shop. I am glad I’ve found a way to keep her work alive…

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Sep 262013
 

At the moment I am based at the market which is due to close for renovation (possibly at end of February). Frankly I would rather have a separate art and craft shop / center. I am trying to summarise what that place preferably be like (or not like).

1. Nothing pretentious,  snobby or overpriced.  It’s fine to have some very expensive items but there should be plenty of affordable stuff. Many art and craft places scare off non-arty and not rich people.

2. Not a cold and empty art gallery,  rather a place that looks like a home of somebody who enjoys collecting handmade / one of the kind / weird and wonderful,  enjoys living with eclectic mixture of things.

3. It would be beneficial to have a widest possible range of arts, crafts, vintage, upcycled and antique products for home and fashion.  It should give feeling of entering a cave full of treasures. When people spend long time browsing they are more likely to buy at least something.

4. Space for workshops, demonstrations and meetings.

5. Some space for themed exhibitions.

6. A nice cafe would attract customers.

7. Artists and makers working in real time within some studio space – again,  this would interest people.

8. An outdoor / garden area for displaying outdoor works.

9. Art and craft supplies. People coming for this sort of things would be interested in attending workshops.

It is a very far fetched dream, i know. But I can’t stop dreaming it…

This is a Pinterest board for the dream:

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Aug 152013
 

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Newtown, Powys, Wales.  The historic Market Hall. In this little shop you will be able to buy one of the kind arts and crafts by me (Alexandra Cook aka Linandara) and few other artists/makers. Paintings, drawings, greeting cards, local souvenirs and original folk art from various countries. Little unique things for your and your home. You also can commission many types of artwork here.  Prices will be affordable, everybody are welcome.

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I plan to run parallel offline and online shops so it is not a problem if you live far away.

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Please come and visit us starting Tuesday – especially if you like original art and crafts, creativity, bohemian living, humanist ideals, tribal, fantasy, hippie,  gypsy,  folk, ethnic styles.

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Jun 052013
 

This style of painting fromed in early 19th century at the lower river Mezen region, far North of European Russia. It uses ancient simple, often geometrical elements and only three colors: red, black on white or yellow background.

The symbols used could be traced both to ancient Slavic ones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and ones used by Finno-Ugric peoples (e.g. Komi geometrical patterns). Sadly enogh, the Wikipedia article only lists Slavic roots of this folk art painting style.

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Jun 022013
 

Tribal Dancer Large Original Life Drawing Monoprint by Linandara  Local customs, costumes, crafts, foods… It’s all seems to melt gradually into some new globalised uniformity. In a way, this is a sad picture, a loss of our beautiful diversity. Western people often feel touched looking at tribal portraits, especially of children, in exotic attires.  But what these people from distant lands would prefer themselves, given choise? Modern living with its salaries, doctors, schools, pensions, benefits, equality and human rights or posing for tourists for a few coins? Is wearing those heavy earring painful? Did that beautiful bride choose her future husband herself? How old is she? How well is she educated? Do we have to stay in a fantasy land? Why so many people are migrating to cities and leaving traditional way of life behind?

 

The solution to the loss of traditional cultures seems to lay in our free will to explore them and carry their achievements into the future. Lets enjoy the color and sound, lets experiment without being afraid of onlookers. Lets celebrate free creative life. Nobody should ever try to force anybody into the past. Rather we should help to grow a free and equal for all future – firmly rooted in the best from our past.

 

 

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