The world-renowned Dutch designer Barbara Nanning made a presence at Homo Faber 2018 in Venice, the most inspiring showcase of European craftsmanship. The glassmaker artist was invited to expose her work at the ‘Best of Europe’ room, where the most notorious designers and makers of Europe were concentrated.
The art of glass in Holland it’s being frequently highlighted. The Glasmuseum Immenhausen focused on local glassmaker’s designers and artisans is an important organization for arts and crafts. The creative and learning environment is also experienced at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (old Amsterdam School of Arts and Crafts) where many artists are trained, as Barbara Nanning who studied ceramics there.
Even though her training in ceramics, she also does a lot of glass art. The artist finds her inspiration from nature elements, such as plants, leaves, roots, water and the wind. Each piece is created to be a unique cultural journey, representing the source of life on earth. In Barbara’s words: “Nature, both organic and inorganic, is a constant source of inspiration. I am interested in the forces of gravity, in the balance between positive and negative elements, between inner and outer form”.
Trying to incorporate the tradition with innovation, the artist uses her travels as a reference to blending the reason with emotion and freedom with structure. Joining established craftsman techniques with an imaginative utilization of the materials, Barbara Nanning tries to accomplish a totally exceptional language of form. This doesn’t match with anything already existing, so it a new breaking ground, forming a cultural movement of its own.
With a vast career and leaving an art legacy to the future generation, Barbara Nanning has been exhibiting her creations in Europe, USA and even in Japan, since 1988. The Dutch sculptor also has architectural projects works exhibited mainly in Holland. Getting engaged in books, museum and exhibition catalogues are her other projects.
At Homo Faber 2018 Venice, she brought a few pieces of art glass, as the bowl ‘Verre églomisé’. The three pieces exposed, two were composed in orange gold leaf, blown, hand-formed and sandblasting. Another technique used was Alexandrit Glass.
This exquisite art, used by Barbara Nanning is an innovative technique with different kinds of glass, colours and intricate shapes, create exuberant and distinct crafts. What makes this work so unique is the dichroic glass type that has the capacity to change from sapphire to lavender colour, depending on what kind of light sparkles on it.
Exhibiting some of her exclusive handmade pieces, Homo Faber 2018 Venice was an opportunity to immerse in the experience of the European craftsmanship where visitors had the chance of interact with the artisans, meet them and see their work.
This year, Homo Faber 2018 Venice was organized by the reputable Michelangelo Foundation at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini was a success and it is now scheduled to taking place at the same place in 2020.
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