Silver Moon

We have a lovely bakery near our house called Silver Moon, which makes terrific breads in traditional French-style. This post is not about bread but the moon’s deliciously imperfect surface.

• This Silver Bowl from Cyprus dates back to around 600 B.C., and looks like a piece of the moon fell on earth, retaining some of its iridescence despite a few cracks around the rim. The designs suggest celestial origins – a cast of otherworldly creatures like sphinxes and winged snakes – but the inscription leaves no doubt: “I am the bowl of Epiorwos, son of Dies.”

• This Moon Chart, signed by an artist of mysterious origin, depicts the chalky surface against black linen.

• Alan Friedman takes these photographs of the Sun from his backyard. The filters he uses turn the boiling mass into a landscape of cool, wispy grass.

• Tugboat Printshop’s The Moon is a remarkably detailed woodcut that transforms the craters and valleys into a dense, fantastical view of lush vegetation and mountain ranges.

• Beth’s Moon Globe seems to reflect entire moving galaxies in its blown glass surface, an effect intensified by a light placed inside.

• Jill’s Ring joins together two sterling silver moons in different states of oxidation and orbiting along silver bands.

• Xime and Ali’s Skirt is printed with real images of the moon, creating a rich surface of metallics.

• Lesli Takasugi’s Pendant is a tiny silver galaxy of orbiting stars and moons.

• The monoprint Double Moon by 88editions is made using gampi rice paper – both the actual paper and the packaging – and a pressed leaf.

• Scott Morriss’ Muldoon Moon is an original ink drawing for The Bluetones’ album cover.

• Craig Dorety’s Mare Nectaris carves a subtle surface of ridges and craters into evenly-streaked wood.

• Susan Kleinstub’s Necklace interprets the moon as a machine-like construction of interlocking silver and brass parts.

Ladies in Blue

• Emile Gilliéron and his son Emile knew how to sell the past. They were art restorers who captivated the world with artifacts of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. During the mid-nineteenth century, archeologists discovered building complexes and objects at Knossos and Mycenae that dated back to 3000-1050 B.C. Around the turn of the century, Gilliéron senior started making copies of original gold objects, such as the Octopus Ornament, and selling them to clients and museums around the world. The wall paintings survived in fragments, so the Gilliérons had to fill in the missing parts based on details from other objects. The Ladies in Blue fresco has a few original fragments, while the faces are the work of Gilliéron. Instead of restoring fragments of history, the Gilliérons restored a story about a lost culture. Artists like Pablo Picasso and Giorgio de Chirico were inspired by the stylized and vibrant aesthetic of the ancient Greeks. The work of the Gilliérons is currently on display at the Met. You can learn more about the restorations and see more images here.

• Steven creates sculptures inspired by and based on ancient Greek culture and mythology. His Phaistos Disc in Aluminum replicates the original disc from the Minoan palace of Phaistos. The Olive Branch is made from bronze and set on a black base. The Greek Abstract Figurine in white marble shows how modern minimalism reaches back to Cycladic art.

• Anna-Maria’s Pillow has a traditional Cretan embroidery pattern.

• Like the Gilliérons, fashion designer Mary Katrantzou created a new story from old fragments. Her two main inspirations for her Spring 2013 Collection were outdated currency and postage stamps, but she included Greek and Asian decorative motifs as well. You can’t really pick out all of these references at first glance, because they are so well-integrated into the overall design.

• Gregory’s Sail Boats Early Morning depicts the classic blue-and-white contrast of the Grecian landscape.

• Anna offers hand-picked herbs and extra-virgin olive oil from Crete. You can get this purple Mallow and other herbs with healing properties.