As an artist who aspires to show my work in a museum one day, I realize that there are certain steps I need to take to get there. One of the best ways to learn these steps is by interacting with those who have already created a path. This week I have been volunteering at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, helping with the installation of the upcoming show Dzine + Los Americanos. During this time I have learned that background, education, and dedication are all key elements in inspiring others and getting noticed. By keeping my eyes wide open and absorbing whatever I can from these accomplished artists I will eventually reach my goal!
The artist, Carlos “Dzine” Rolon, has been on site for the installation process, giving us detailed suggestions and lots of expertise to those helping create his vision. By explaining to us his inspirations, we learned that much of what he has created is inspired by the Baroque period. By pulling from this era’s inspiration of form, light, shadow, and dramatic intensity, his artwork will surely shine in the upcoming event! It will also give us a contemporary insight into what modern baroque interiors would look like if we were still designing in this style.
Why is the Baroque Period such a influential era in design?
During my time volunteering for this project I became interested in how the Baroque period has influenced the furniture and interior design world. As I have noticed more and more eclectic designs emerge in the art and design world, I am realizing that many creations pull from the period of Baroque architecture. What is generally known as a highly traditional scheme of design is now being changed by young designers who are putting their twist on the style to update the look and create a new genre. The appeal for those who are trying to create an eclectic style in their rooms is the organic quality it has to it. Although the original baroque styled furniture would have been dripping in gold frames and traditional mohair velvet’s today’s colors are a bit more shocking. The gold is gone and it has less of a royal feel, but still holds a quality of luxury.
If you choose to design with this particular style of furniture, one of the key important details you need to be aware of is the frame structure. Most of these looks will be antiques, although you may stumble across a replica occasionally. It may be difficult to ensure that you are looking at a true antique. Unlike more modern mid-century furniture, this particular type of furniture will not have a badge of authenticity for you to check. Your best bet is to have product knowledge of the period, and the upholstery techniques used in the time in which the product was produced. With most antiques that were created 100+ years ago you find that there are a few distinct qualities to the upholstery during that time. Generally you will find that tacks were used to upholster with instead of staples, horse or coconut hair was used in the seats instead of foam, and almost always an eight-way hand tied spring system was used for support. If any of these key elements are missing, then you have two options to consider. One being that you may have a replica, or two being that this piece has been re-upholstered. Regardless of the situation, be wary and be sure that you are not fooled into paying for an original piece from a dealer.
Fabrics and Frames is a manufacturer of furniture which specializes in antique reconstruction and reupholstery. Like the artist Dzine, we take pride in being detailed-minded, want to understand the background and history of the piece, and are dedicated to producing something right! We are inspired by the designs of the past and like using them to blend our past with our present. We are artists in the craft of upholstery, we stand behind our product, and our motto has always been “Building Furniture to Last a Lifetime!” We are able to create any furniture for any room scheme because of the knowledge we have picked up during 35 years of business!
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Written by: Erica Guajardo
Edited by: Linda Decuir
To learn more about the Artist: http://www.dzinestudio.com/
To join the Event for his opening at the Dallas Contemporary: http://www.facebook.com/events/303618916423836/