Friday, January 18, 2013

HiiH - Handmade Paper Lights

Recently I was contacted by Tristan Stoch, a videographer in Oregon, who had just completed a short video portrait of HiiH Lights, the creative enterprise of two Portland artists who make extraordinary paper lights. The video is lovely... take a look.

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Lâm Quảng and Kestrel Gates, husband and wife, work together hand sculpting and painting custom lighting for private homes, shops, restaurants, offices, galleries, outdoor exhibits, and even the New York Metropolitan Opera.

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Lâm, who is from Vietnam originally, began making paper in the late 1990s. It wasn't long before he became interested in creating sculptural lamp forms, inspired by memories of childhood moon festivals. Kestrel, who has a background in the performing arts, joined him in 2004. They design pendant and table lamps, sconces, standing lights, and chandeliers that are inspired by nature... flowers, sea creatures, and even insects.

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Lâm and Kestrel work with natural, raw materials, such as cotton and abaca paper pulp, local beeswax, damar resin, walnut and indigo dyes, along with Golden airbrush paint. He creates the armature of the lights with bamboo and wire of various types.

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Right... I seem to be getting away from choosing just one stellar image for my Fab Friday posts. But while clicking, clicking, clicking through the HiiH Lights photos on Flickr, it was impossible to choose just one.

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Is it any wonder?
Have a great weekend!


16 comments:

Deepthi said...

They are sooo beautiful.... Must have in the house!!!

Maureen said...

Gorgeous.

tricia said...

Goodness- Those lights are gorgeous! Thank you for commenting on my blog and on my "I Quilled Superman" post! I am really excited to find a paper crafting blog like yours! The design on your cover photo is just beautiful! Did you do it?

IrinaN said...

They are adorable!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Tricia! Yes, the header pic is part of a design I did for a marriage certificate.

Carole M. said...

what a great team, creating together, wonderful nature-inspired works of art. Thanks again Ann for bring these to the fore like you do

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Those are amazingly gorgeous. I love the depth of color and slightly translucent glow that comes through the paper, and also the beautiful design of the forms.

Finding Home said...

Wow, those are completely stunning! Thanks for sharing!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Carole, that's so nice of you to say.

Amy Thompson said...

simply beautiful work!!! I would love to create something like that, I might have to try.

SUGANTHI said...

I have no words to describe the beauty of these lamps. They all good very very beautiful. Thanks for sharing Ann.

Crafty Lou Louise McLaren said...

These are stunning!

Kim Hamblin said...

Gorgeous work as always, can't wait to get one of my very own!!

Beth Beal said...

Anne, I really like this find! These paper lights are just beautiful!

Kim said...

I want, I want, I want!

Gurpreet Singh said...

REALLY nICE I LIKE THAT Is they all are Hand made

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