Tuesday, February 2, 2010
We are in the process of renovating our "back room". We started off painting everything white and re -rendering the mudbrick wall. I have always had a problem with the niche that we built. Nothing seemed to fit into it, until I found this tray made in the Philippines. It looks very Scandinavian and minimalist. I could image a whole collection of these with graphic tree, flower and animal shapes like owls, birds and the like.
Since then, I have rethought the feelings I have for those piles of wooden bowls sitting underneath the ceramics at op-shops.
If you look at them with a new eye, they are very sculptural and often handcarved. The wood, unfortuantely is often of high quality and most probably rare rainforest timber. I have noticed many with a sticker on the bottom that states that they are from renewable resources, but I wouldn't believe that for a minute. The old ones are the best. Target and Freedom have had homewares ranges which included similar items, but the timber seems lighter in weight and they look machine carved.