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Inspired by Joseph Cornell: One of a kind Etsy pieces

Sep 3, 2015

by Sarah Sandiford

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Uncovering one man’s dream to travel the world with nothing more than the power of his imagination, the Royal Academy’s newest exhibition ‘Joseph Cornell, Wanderlust’ was an adventure we simply couldn’t resist (read our review of the exhibition here). Transporting us to distant places and times through his eclectic creations, we we called upon seven of our talented Etsy designer makers to interpret his vision through their very own craft – creating a bespoke one-of-a-kind piece each.

Exclusively partnering with the Royal Academy, we take a look at the brilliant Etsy makers involved and their unique creations – PLUS read on to see how you can WIN tickets to the Joseph Cornell exhibition… Competition now CLOSED.

Photography: James Stokes
Styling: Nicole Huisman
Hair and Make-up: Judith Pronk
Model: Anne-Louise at Elvis Models

Florence Boyd

Florence - Joseph Cornell scarf

Photo credit: James Stokes

Based in Wales, illustrator and designer Florence is the creative force behind Hope and Hubris. Creating beautiful hand designed scarves with a narrative twist, Florence found herself greatly inspired by Cornell’s more abstract pieces. Taking direction from the many recurring themes in his work, Florence found similarities between that of her own illustrative art with Cornell’s repetition of particular motifs and collages.

Emma Finch

Emma Finch - Joseph Cornell Etsy Ceramic Plate

Photo credit: James Stokes

Having discovered Joseph Cornell’s work during her time spent at the Central School of Art, ceramicist Emma explores the themes of wistfulness, yearning and travel with her ceramic plates. Screen-printing directly onto slabs of clay, Emma layered vibrant images inspired by Cornell’s ‘assemblages’ to create a similar art-form.

Yvonne Ellen

Yvonne - Joseph Cornell

Photo credit: James Stokes

Surrounded by her impressive collection of bone china pieces in her London home, when designer Yvonne discovered her shared fascination for transforming everyday objects into treasures like Cornell, she began her upcycling adventure. Taking two vintage plates, Yvonne then began intricately illustrating a unique, quirky design that gave her ‘somewhat forgotten objects a new lease of life.’

Tovi Sorga

Tovi - Joseph Cornell

Photo credit: James Stokes

Designing a piece that took the viewer on a journey was in the forefront of Tovi’s mind when he set about creating his Joseph Cornell piece. Specialising in printed leather, his tote bag design captures our fixation for exploration, offering a brief glimpse into our innate sense of wonder and curiosity that keeps us pursuing the unknown.

Holly Picthall

Scarf - Joseph Cornell

Photo credit: James Stokes

Combining natural dyes with digital prints, luxury textile designer Holly was intrigued by Cornell’s fascination for preserving precious items in small bottles. Reflecting on her passion for collecting vintage cards, Holly combined blind contour drawings of bottles, shells and butterfly wings inspired by Cornell’s design, alongside her own collection of items including tobacco cards and vintage postcards.

Livia Henne

Livia - Joseph Cornell

Photo credit: James Stokes

Originally hailing from Switzerland, textile designer Livia handprints her statement fashion pieces in her East London studio using only the highest quality organic  materials. In her Cornell inspired piece, Livia reflects on his use of shadow boxes and how these ‘protect’ his collection of treasured objects. Creating her own little world within her scarf design, she reflected on Cornell’s love of female movie stars and ballerinas, inspired by his fascination of the magical forces behind our solar system and entire existence.

Zuzana Lalikova

Zuzana - Joseph Cornell

Photo credit: James Stokes

In keeping with the ethos of Cornell’s work and passion for collecting lost treasures, textile designer Zuzana crafted her beautifully embroidered garments using an array of materials that she had collected over years of travel. Drawn to Cornell’s use of spirals, circles and grids as well as his choice of mundane objects, London based Zuzana took this as the main focus of her creation and incorporated these designs in her work.

As part of the collaboration between Etsy and The Royal Academy of the Arts around the Joseph Cornell ‘Wanderlust’ exhibition, Etsy is delighted that London based seller Sophie Kirkpatrick who runs Etsy shop Atlas and I Maps had three products selected by the Royal Academy buyers to be stocked in the RA online shop to accompany the exhibition, which you can take a look at here!

WIN tickets! Competition now CLOSED

The ‘Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust‘ exhibition is on at the Royal Academy of Arts until the 27th September 2015. For your chance to WIN a pair of tickets to the exhibition, simply leave a comment below on this blog post telling us your dream destination and where you would like to travel to…

UK residents only; T&Cs apply. Travel and accommodation are not included. There are 5 pairs of tickets to be won. All entries must be received by Monday 7th of September 2015 at midnight, the winners will be announced on Tuesday the 8th of September 2015.

GOOD LUCK!

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