The technique associated with ukiyo-e, Japanese print-making, is old, but the resonance of its style never is. The masterful Katsushika Hokusai used this traditional technique to create prints in a classically minimalist style that captured the movement and majesty of everyday life in Japan’s natural landscape; such prints would profoundly affect Western art movements, including Art Nouveau. His Night Rain on Karasaki Pine, completed in the early 1800s, depicts the slanting downpour and choppy waters associated with the effect of stormy weather on a harbor. The Night Rain draws inspiration from this print’s earth-tone palette and evokes raindrops dripping off rooftops with ridged beads treated to resemble tarnished copper roofing. Orli says, “Hokusai has managed to seamlessly combine the activity of movement with the tranquility of minimalism in his prints, and Night Rain on Karasaki Pine is an excellent example of that. These beads incorporate such rich amber tones with unique finishes and carvings, and the movement and minimalism they represented reminded me of this Hokusai print.”
Czech glass, glass, 14-karat gold-filled
Orli likes beautiful things, and in this, she suspects that she is not alone. In fact, she suspects that you may agree. After all, form often follows function, but within form, there are multitudinous opportunities to amplify aesthetic appeal. Enter the movements of applied art, an all-encompassing approach to art and creativity that reaches far beyond the fine arts to touch industrial design and everyday objects with aesthetic design. Using fluid draping, clear and strong colors both bright and soft, and Orli’s characteristically deft blending of vintage and modern styling, Aesthete pieces are inspired by four such movements: Bauhaus, Art Neouveau, Art Deco, and Arts and Crafts.
Let’s get aesthetic.
The natural world runs wild and free at every turn, providing beauty and colors more varied and vibrant than one can possibly expect. In Verdure, Orli explores the natural world with earthy and organic hues that complement natural themes and nuanced designs.