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Arts and Crafts 2.0: The Development of Craftsmanship with MarquetryThursday 19 July 2018
Arts and Crafts 2.0: The Development of Craftsmanship with Marquetry ⇒ Marquetry is one of the oldest arts of humankind. This beautiful form results in the art of making sculpturing ornaments in a wooden object creating undeniable beauty forms and shapes. From its natural look and textures to highly polished and coloured versions, wood has always been easily accessible and relatively easy to manipulate, attracting the interest of artists and designers over the years. Today, CovetED will explore a little bit more about the importance of this art form in the development of design and craftsmanship and our contemporary world, so stay tuned.
The art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure result in the most distinctive and decorative patterns, designs and even pictures. It is often applied to case and seat furniture as well as small objects, smooth surfaces and freestanding panels. The main materials used in this art form are primarily woods, including bone, ivory, turtle-shell, mother-of-pearl, pewter, brass as well as fine metals.
Traces of Marquetry were seen in the ancient world and Rome, specifically in sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum. Its revival had inspiration in the 16th-century inspiration in Florence and Naples highlighting mostly a classical style. Later on, marquetry was introduced to major locations like Antwerp, London, Lebanon, Iran, Italy and Portugal, among many other places, all of which offered their own unique twist to this technique.
During the Luxury Design & Craftsmanship Summit in Oporto, we had the opportunity to see a master artisan specialised in Marquetry do his marvellous work. Cosme Ferreira has been working in this industry since he was 18 years old and he explained how the process of creating a marquetry design comes about, “The process is cutting the leaf at various angles and then we start leaning always in different angles, which then gives it a mosaic format … The finishes are at the customer’s request, we applied it in a wide variety of furnishings and doors and drawers.”
“For those who want to learn, our door is opened, I’ll do everything in my power to teach you what I know. If the person is interested in marquetry, certainly they will learn, if they are not, then there’s no point in trying,” concludes Cosme Ferreira who is eager to teach an envolving younger generation how to develop and elevate this unique art form.
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