Heart of Glass
Inside Julia’s process
The ink, made from rose, hibiscus, whole cloves, and rust, will change over time in hue and saturation. This is an ink for writing love letters or diary entries, and for painting anything the heart desires. Made from natural materials that are both plant and mineral - including minerals that also exist in the human body - the ink is an art material with a lifeforce all its own.
Norton paints with natural pigments and dyes, which she forages for and collects from around the world. Both an artist and a researcher, Norton explores how to use these colors while being mindful of their respective histories and where they come from. These materials, such as minerals and ochres, plants like indigo and goldenrod, and animals like cochineal, are alive on paper, and are as important to the work as what they portray.
More work and info at www.julia-norton.com
Inside Goldie’s process
The bottle, designed and fabricated by Poblador, comes in an amber edition and a clear pink edition. Both editions feature a pen handle sculpted using a Venetian stamp tool in a transparent ruby red glass. The use of this stamp as well as the bottle’s shape speak to the Venetian tradition of glass making, yet without perfect symmetry - appearing as amorphous and organic as the ink it contains.
Poblador embodies the spiritual roots of her culture through the practice of glassblowing. As a ritual process of creation, glassblowing is in tune with the alchemical transformation of liquid to solid. It is an ancient tradition inherited from the old world. Specifically, she specializes in the technique of glass flameworking. This process uses a torch to hand sculpt glass and has been used for centuries to create detailed objects that are both decorative and functional.
More work and info at https://goldiepoblador.com/