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Insect Art: Hubert Duprat

While researching information for a completely different blog post subject, I discovered the French artist, Hubert Duprat.  I was immediately mesmerized.  One of my internal goals is to teach myself more about art.  Real art.  To know about artists today and what they are creating.  Before the end of 2013, I would love to own a present day piece of art.  Something I can pass down.  Something I love.  It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be special and have a soul.  I’ll know it when I see it.

Nevertheless, I saw this collection of Duprat’s entitled “Caddis”, and I was fascinated.  Caddisfly larvae live in streams and other fresh water sources, housing themselves in tubes they have created from items in their natural environment.  Using sand, pieces of shell, etc., the caddisfly, a close relative of the butterfly, uses silk to connect and upholster their protective tubes.   A naturalist at heart, Mr. Duprat experimented with the larvae, placing them in a home aqaurium with pieces of gold, gold rods, semi-precious, and precious stones.  They immediately went to work, creating this:

Hubert Duprat "Caddis"

Hubert Duprat “Caddis”

Isn’s this incredibly beautiful?  Quite the collaboration between man and insect, yes?

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Duprat describes himself in the following video as an “architect” laying the plans and watching them take shape.  In another article I read, he talked of puncturing the tubes at times, and placing new stones like opal, coral, diamonds, and rubies in the aquarium, so the larvae would “repair” the tube, and thus create something with more varied material.  He discusses the “Caddis” collection starting at 2:32. (although I enjoyed hearing about all of his work)

See the caddisfly larvae up close and personal “bejewelling” his home in the following video.  (My kids found this so interesting.)

I guess even insects like a little bedazzling, eh?

What do you think about Mr. Duprat’s concept?  Is it art created by an artist?  Or simply nature interrupted?

Wouldn’t these photos make a unique framed set on a wall?

Images courtesy of Jean-Luc Fournier

Written by Grace

Denim: America’s Fabric

There is something decidedly American about denim, and I do love the homey feel it brings to a room.  So much is right about it – it’s comfortable, it’s casual, it goes with everything, it gets softer with use, it’s easy to clean, it can withstand nearly anything…the list could go on.  But somehow, in the 80′s and 90′s, denim on upholstery meant overstuffed, saggy, generic blah.

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I think everyone I knew had one.  But there’s hope for denim!  Done right, it can look classy, and dare I say, chic?

Don’t believe me?

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cottage living

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meg braff via house beautiful

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house and home

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restoration hardware

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house beautiful

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southern living

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real simple

So you want a denim sofa but don’t want it to look drab?  Here’s the scoop:

1.  Go as dark as possible.  A deep indigo or navy will read much more updated than the cornflower blue acid-washed hues.

2.  Add some detail – nailhead trim, tufts, lacquered white legs or frame.  A little oomph will go a long way!

3.  Stick to mostly straight lines.  Too much curviness will look “basement couch” fast.

But Grace, what if I own the denim sofa you are talking about?  In fact, I am staring at it right now.  

Spice it up!  Add some bright modern-looking pillows or a trendy pattern.  Take the cushions to an upholsterer and add a contrasting welt to the edges.  Or maybe do this?

What are your thoughts on denim upholstery?  I’d love to hear your comments!

P.S.  Thank you so much to everyone for participating in the survey I posted last week.  It has been so helpful in planning for the future, and I feel so lucky to have such diverse, knowledgeable, engaged readers!  I am so grateful!

Written by Grace

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