Native art comes in many forms. In fact, it is more like a genre in any form of art. It represents the rich aboriginal culture in any art form. From music to clothing. From silverware to paintings. From jewelry to literature.
I have always liked Native art. There is something magical in it. It tells a story of hundreds of years and it is meaningful. Also the lines and the colors are exceptional. I find it warm and very suitable for a contemporary home.
One of the most popular forms of Native art is found in jewelry. The jewelry is rich in symbolicism and the ideas mainly are from nature. The jewelry is detailed and beautifully finished. It is made suitable for any budget as the materials vary. The modern jewelry, often rich in detail but exiguous in impression, brightens up any outfit.
My favourite form of Native art comes in wall art. I love the paintings and statues. I love the soft lines of wood and the determined drawings. The bold non-apologetic drawings with a deeper meaning. The layered pictures that capture the mind. The calming or up-lifting stories behind the shown pictures.
My home office walls carry a beautiful yet small collection of Native art. In the future I wish to collect more of these unique hand-made treasures, but I want to hand-pick the right pieces. The best place to find this beautifulart is no doubt the West Coast. Vancouver alone accommodates tens of high quality galleries which sell the most beautiful pieces of First Nations art. Visiting these galleries opens a whole new world in understanding Native art. If you have never had the chance to get acquainted with First Nation’s art before the UBC Museum of Antropology is a good place to start your journey. The museum gives a load of valuable information and shows true masterpieces of Native art such as the magnificent sculpture by Bill Reid called “The Raven and the First Men“.
To my eye the contemporary home should hold interesting pieces of art. Pieces that are more than meets the eye. The art of the First Nations is a perfect choice to complete a straightforward interior style.
My livingroom has a beautiful contemporary fireplace in the middle of the room. On both sides of the fireplace are large windows that bring a lot of natural light into the room. The sun shines in during the evenings and really opens up the garden, bringing it as a part of our livingroom.
I do not want curtains for my livingroom. I do not want to hide the light nor the nature. The Venetian blinds are enough for the large screens and they give enough privacy when it is needed. They also control the amount of light in the room, at the same time helping that the room does not get too warm. By not having curtains I also wanted to create a space that resembles to an atelier or a loft.
To really salute the high ceilings I needed an interesting center piece on top of the fireplace. I wanted it to be soothing yet interesting. Beautiful yet modern. Artistic but not imperative. I needed the center piece to be fresh yet timeless. And I wanted it to be original, not a copy of a masterpiece in some museum.
As I set my mind on Mandala, I knew I wanted nothing else. My husband did not quite see at first what I had in mind, but he trusts me and told me I can choose whatever makes me happy. Let me tell you, that finding a Mandala was totally a different story! At some point I thought booking tickets and flying to Thailand would be the easiest way to get one! It seemed impossible to find handmade Mandala with customized color from here.
At some point I thought booking tickets and flying to Thailand would be the easiest way to get one! It seemed impossible to find handmade Mandala with customized color from here.
After hours of searching the internet I found a small store which sells Mandalas and ships them worldwide. Siam Sawadee has a beautiful collection of Mandalas for which you can choose your own finishing color. All the Mandalas are handmade. The customer service was outstanding! And the shipment was prompt and the Mandala was well-backed. I truly, truly recommend Eve Naewmuang and her little shop!
And what comes to the Mandala… Well, take a look. It is stunning! Perfect in quality and the most beautiful piece of art I could have ever chosen for my livingroom!