shelf life

Large Crown Jar

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Article by Michael J. Prokopow

P
ondering the changing relationship between art and commerce, Andy Warhol, the onetime window-dresser turned artist, filmmaker, society fixture and rapacious yet discerning collector, offered the insightful opinion that one day in the not too distant future, “all museums will be department stores and all department stores will be museums.” Typical of Warhol’s cynical …

print in context

Berries print

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Article by Chloë Catán

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orking from her studio in Toronto, Canadian textile designer Virginia Johnson has built a hugely successful brand of colourful prints on clothing, shawls, home furnishings and children’s wear. Founded in 2001, the collection is now carried in stores all over the world such as Barneys, Holt Renfrew and Liberty’s. After attending Parsons School of …

domestic devotions

Bar code box, Authentic Atlantic, Food for all (Unico)

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Article by Gloria Hickey

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icola Hawkins and her husband Andy Perlis are both seasoned travellers logging months in Japan and especially India to document – on successive years – the rural tradition of handicrafts and domestic decoration. But in 1999 a different, unadorned landscape and authentic experience called out to them. Instead of the hot and crowded terrain …

history and art

Best Before

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Article by John Fleming and Marian Bradshaw

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n a world of commodification, history and art become commercial products subject to the extremes of the marketplace- a lock of Napoleon’s hair, a fragment of Nelson’s uniform up for auction, the funerary detritus of ancient tombs on display for the price of admission as a Sunday afternoon entertainment.…