Carne Griffiths, tea with ink

Originally from Liverpool, Griffiths graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone in 1995. After completing a one-year KIAD fellowship and moving to London he served an apprenticeship at the longest-established gold wire embroidery firm in the world. Here he worked as a gold wire embroidery designer for twelve years, eventually becoming the creative director. Carne produced intricate designs for the military and the film, theatre, fashion and advertising industries. His designs were used for the uniforms in the films Valkyrie, The Last King of Scotland, and in particular his ‘Red Death Coat’ was used in The Phantom of the Opera. Carne’s elaborate floral designs for Asprey were included in their first ever catwalk collection and his work was featured on the embroidered cover of the 80th Royal Variety Performance programme in 2008.

Carne Griffiths Art

Carne Griffiths at work in his London studio (Click photp to enlarge).

Since establishing his own studio in 2010, Carne has exhibited in the UK at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy, the London Art Fair in both 2011 and 2012, and overseas at Urban in Ibiza in 2011 and Arts After Dark, New Orleans in 2010. Carne also collaborated with the British photographer Rankin for a feature in the 2nd edition of Hunger Magazine early in 2012.

Carne Griffiths Fly Art

Carne Griffiths ‘Fly’ Ink and tea drawing (Click photo to enlarge).

Carne Griffiths 'The Red Flower - dissecting elements from nature and fashion photography Ink and tea' drawing Art

Carne Griffiths ‘The Red Flower’, dissecting elements from nature and fashion photography Ink and tea’ drawing (Click photo to enlarge).

Carne Griffiths challenges conventional portraitures with his blend of human, geometric and floral forms. What you would not have guessed is that his method relies on ink and liquids such as tea, brandy and vodka.

Carne Griffiths ‘Beneath the White’ Original painting in ink, tea and graphite (Click photo to enlarge).

He uses unconventional mediums to translate human and floral forms into seductive, penetrating images. Working primarily with liquids such as tea, brandy, vodka and calligraphy ink, Griffiths’ work blurs distinctive boundaries, manifesting the connection between the figurative and the abstract.

Griffiths’ relationship with art stems back to childhood, from which he recalls, “My earliest memory of drawing was creating spaceships from interlocking triangular shapes and repeatedly drawing the head of an Alsatian dog.” These reoccurring patterns and structures developed into a two-year apprenticeship, and later a 12-year career, as a gold wire embroidery designer for M.H & Company. After years of producing handdrawn embroidery designs for clients such as the Sultan of Oman and Chanel, Griffiths departed from the formatted, prescribed lines of embroidery design and embarked on an individual art career of illustration and drawing. Commenting on the influence of his past in embroidery on his art today, Griffiths claims that the training of composition and flow of line has had a tremendous impact on the way he utilises space: “I used to draw monograms often, and to create a successful monogram you need to achieve a balance between positive and negative space, and to create something of an asymmetrical balance. I think subconsciously I apply many of these principles to my drawings of floral and portraiture pieces.”

Carne Griffiths 'Order' Art

Carne Griffiths ‘Persephone’ detailed pen and ink drawing (Click photo to enlarge).

Griffiths is on an incredible journey – one that combines classic forms of aesthetics and beauty with new, innovative mediums and impressions. Fascinated by the effect of repetition and balance, Griffiths is an investigative creator who achieves artistic catharsis through the process, rather than the outcome, of his art. “My work is about energy and patterns to create a certain rhythm within the piece. If everything resonates correctly the piece balances and is successful. I get excited when a piece is progressing in a positive way, but when dissatisfied with parts of the work, destruction and rebuilding, is of equal importance. I think my most successful works are those which have undergone at least partial destruction of the image. Just like in life, we don’t always get things right the first time. It is a learning process.”

Soon again at: Moniker Art Fair, Truman Brewery, London UK, October 2015

More info at: www.carnegriffiths.com

For commissions or enquiries about original artwork please contact carne@carnegriffiths.com

by Jean Amr

Carne Griffiths 'Anotherplace' Art

Carne Griffiths ‘Anotherplace’  (Click photo to enlarge).

Carne Griffiths 'Themiracle' Art

Carne Griffiths ‘Themiracle’ (Click to enlarge photo).

Carne Griffiths 'Order' Art

Carne Griffiths ‘Order’ (Click to enlarge

Cartier Tea Caddy

People who know me a bit, they know that I am a real tea addict. I have màny different kinds off… Question is always: where to keep them? Well, you can keep your tea (bags) in their original package or put them together in a wooden box, it’s great to have them al together, for yourself, and for your visitors. But what to do with your loose tea? Loose tea, that you can buy in several specialist shops, like ‘Simon Levelt’ or one of the many small privat shops. Where do you keep it after buying? Do you keep it in its little bag where they put it in in the shop? It’s better to keep your tea in a so called ‘Tea Caddy’. It keeps your tea real dry and dark, so it can’t lose it’s taste. Tea Caddy’s are made in countles shapes and materials. Even now, because loose tea is vèry populair.

xx168lot1 Cartier Tea Caddy (Private collection)(Click photo to enlarge).

xx168lot4 Cartier Tea Caddy (Private collection)(Click photo to enlarge).

xx168lot8 Cartier Tea Caddy (Private collection)(Click photo to enlarge).

I have several Tea Caddy’s. Some from precious handpainted Herend porcelain, one from Rosenthal porcelain designed by Versace, and this one, an antique Cartier Tea Caddy with sterling stopper. Once a present from Begum Om Habibeh, after using it herself for a long time, to store my most favorit tea….. and I still do, ’till today…..

I love green and white tea (Royal Jasmin Snowflock Tea!), but I réaly love ‘my’ Lapsang tea. A ‘bit strange’ (for some people), dark tea with a smokey flovor, but I love it, especially, after dinner. This antique Cartier Tea Caddy is réal perfect to storage my Lapsang

by Jean Amr

I found my new China!

Yes! I found my new China!! Timeless and classic! It would fit perfect with my black original Josef Hoffmann chairs and Giorgetti table… Minimalist and nonetheless opulent, made of the finest porcelain, and 24-carat gold applied by hand, with the beautiful name Ca’ d’Oro. Perfect for me!!

Furstenberg Sieger

Fürstenberg Ca’ d’Or by Sieger (Click photo to enlarge).

For someone who lives alone, I have a lot of different, beautiful Bernardaud, Cartier, Limoges, Hammersley Tiffany and Wedgwood porcelain. But drinking my Lapsang tea in the finest porcelain, with minimum thickness, with burnished gold refines pure black and white contrasts. must tast good! The geometric interplay gives rise to classic stripes, squares, circles and other architectonic patterns.

The renowned Sieger Design company from Germany and the world famous porcelain manufacturer Fuerstenberg have joined under the brand ‘Sieger by Fuerstenberg’ to create stylish dinnerware of utmost quality. Sieger Design is a household name in the international design scene. Duravit, Dornbrach, Alape, Ritzenhoff and WMF are all customers of the company, which is run by the architecture inspired brothers Christian and Michael Sieger. Together with the Fürstenberg porcelain manufactory, the company recently has brought out its own collection under the new brand Sieger by Fürstenberg.

The aim of the brand is „to create a successful symbiosis of function, passion and beauty – in a word: luxury.“ Michael Sieger clearly had this maxim uppermost in his mind when he created objects and dinner services made of porcelain. These lines are completely handmade by Fürstenberg that shares the Sieger family’s high standards of quality and design. Handmade in Germany, dishwasher safe, but not suitable for the microwave. I Always prefer handwash for myself…

Around 40 different kind of items. Enough to fill an (extra) cupboard. Even vases and cache pots…. Oh my!

What can I do? Nothin’! …..just suffer! …..in silance!

Rating: 9.5/10

by Jean Amr