Bamboo Art: From Museum Walls To Home Decor

Bamboo art is definitely not a brand new medium. As far back as ancient China, the bamboo brush was a vital tool to develop the flowing beauty of calligraphy and today, the resilient and sturdy bamboo lends itself very easily to big ideas and larger-than-life sculptures.

In Seattle, a current piece at the Henry Art Gallery by Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich makes use of the bamboo native to his country to reflect the tumultuous history also native to his country. Named “Compound,” the piece resembles the undetonated bombs that still dot the Cambodian landscape, relics left behind by the Khmer Rouge. Pich’s loved ones escaped Cambodia in 1979 and arrived in the United States in 1984 but soon after completing a master’s degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, Pich returned to Cambodia in 2002. Due to the fact bamboo and rattan were more inexpensive than stone and carving tools, Pich chose them as his preferred medium. Pich slices and boils bamboo strips which are tied with wire into shapes for the pieces.

Although not dependent on bamboo as its primary medium, the Bamboo Fence Art Festival currently happening in Taimo First Village, Taiwan, features architectural exhibits, photography and a series of literary seminars that center on the history of the culture of military dependence of Taiwainese villages. The Bamboo Fence refers to the bamboo fences used to separate the military barracks from the general public in the 1950s.

For those seeking to own some bamboo art, Paper Culture has brought bamboo as a medium to the masses. Identified for its commitment to eco-friendliness, Paper Culture has added bamboo art to its menu of 100% recycled paper merchandise. This is wall art that is easily personalized with names and photographs and will introduce an eco-conscious choice for the growing $42 billion industry of art and wall decor.

Says Paper Culture CEO Christopher Wu: “Our Bamboo Wall Art will make an impact whether customers want wall art for their homes, are searching for a truly unique gift idea, or want to find a distinctive way to professionally display their photography or graphic design.”

For youngsters, there is alphabet animal wall art to help teach the ABCs and for adults, there is the choice to create their own design on bamboo panels by uploading photographs and designs to the company’s website.

Paper Culture chose bamboo for its quality and for its capability to grow up to 4 feet a day making it a very renewable resource for any organization to choose. And due to the fact bamboo needs no pesticides to grow healthy and strong, there is no pollution involved in harvesting the sturdy plant.

Paper Culture’s bamboo line is also part of its Million Tree Pledge for which Paper Culture plants a tree for every order. If only they chose bamboo over traditional hardwoods, they could triple the quantity of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere!

No matter whether you’re admiring the intricate beauty of bamboo architecture or just wanting to add an eco-friendly and modern option to your home decorating, there’s a bamboo art alternative for everyone. Enjoy!

Diwali Home Decor – 3 Tips For Decorating Your Home This Diwali

All Indian homes have old and beautiful saris, dupattas or scarves, cloth pieces with decorative work like mirror embellishments, pretty bead work, hand woven garments that have frayed at edges or got moth-eaten in parts or their zari has become dull.

If you don’t have the heart to throw these away and they hold sentimental value for you, why not integrate them with your contemporary interiors in a seamless way by reviving festive customs and old-fashioned ideals for recycling and refurbishing your home!

3 Unique Decor Ideas – Ring in Festive Fun With These Trendy Diwali Home Decor Tips

1. Sort through your discarded brass and copper utensils, like mini cauldrons, quaint ‘matkas’ or even platters that you can polish up using some elbow grease, soft cloth and metal shine powder available at the grocery store. Place these aesthetically in a circular, semi-arched or even ascending/descending pattern in bedroom, foyer or at the base of a stairway, if your home has one. Fill these with colored water, float multi-colored floral petals or mini tea-lights in the center of each and you are sure to welcome guests and visiting family members alike when dusk falls, as these provide a fragrant and eye-catching accent to any social area in the home. To glam up your home decor, add a touch of silver or gold dust to the floating flowers or petals and use a neatly hemmed up square of ‘Bandhini’ or brocade cloth piece for a backdrop on the wall to add some ethnic charm to the arrangement.

2. Announce the coming of prosperity, love and fortune with beautiful bells, like the crystal or gemstone embedded ones available at glassware stores and state handicraft emporiums respectively. You can also scout the local markets for multi-layered earthen lamp or diya stands with hanging bells for an interesting effect to the entrance of your home or puja room. Alternately, you can opt for wind chimes with bells for a soft, soothing musical effect, or place paper cut-work lampshades over 5-point lights or diyas placed in front of one wall kept dark in your home to reflect intricate light patterns through the apertures of the covers/lampshades put over the lighted diyas. Don’t forget to weigh down the lampshades.

3. Take your family along for some fun at the Diwali fairs held in your neighborhood and you are sure to pick up some great deals available from ¬∑various NGO’s and local charities that often put up stalls for selling products like candles, handmade paper, Divine themed paintings and Diwali handicrafts, paper lanterns, idols and beautifully decorated platters you can use as decoratives or for for serving finger snacks in! These are also the best places to buy inexpensive urns, goblets, pots that you can wind around with colored rope and glass beads. Once dry, you can store mini-boxes of Diwali sweets or small takeaway gifts, like a set of glass bangles, scented candles, packet of homemade savories etc. for visitors to your home in these uniquely decorated return gift containers.

Apply the above tips to shop, snack and spend time with your family while picking up and putting together new and unique products for your Diwali home decor project – all while enjoying the spirit of the season!