A Rum Fellow

  • Doll Hand Soap

    Posted on 05/03/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    Wonderful, creepy, cute and obscure. American artist and designer Marie Gardeski originally made thousands of tiny doll hands from soap for an art installation. The soaps are made from natural ingredients and are perfect for both scrubbing dirty paws or a quirky display. Either way they are sure to spark conversation...


    Coming in a set 8 hand soaps enclosed in a lovely green bag - very handy for giving! Each set is slightly different with differing doll-hand-shapes & skin-ish colors.



    You can buy Doll Hand Soap here.


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  • Fresh Art

    Posted on 27/02/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    We are very pleased to be stocking the work of Spanish artist Eduardo Barba. On top of designing excellent art, Barba is an architect specialising in the restoration and reinvention of old buildings. He combines his architectural perspective with graphic design to communicate ideas and storys that he can't develop in his buildings. A fascination with simple geometric shapes and different methods of organising information such as charts and maps run through his work.

    Bold and beautiful, just the way we like it. You can buy prints here.

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  • Nuevos Tejidos

    Posted on 21/02/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    We just received some new textiles from Peru. The fabrics are made in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, the geometric figures and bright colors are typical from of the area. The technique they use is called 'telar de cintura' or backstrap weaving in english, each piece can take up to a month to make!


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  • Hopi Katsina Dolls

    Posted on 12/02/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    These cool figures are called Katsina dolls, the traditional spiritual carvings of the Hopi American Indians. Each doll represents a Katsinam, the spirit messengers of the universe which are central to Hopi beliefs. There are thought to be between 300-500 different Katsina spirits in the Hopi religion which all have their own representations.

    The dolls are carved by initiated tribesmen and given to Hopi girls at different stages of their childhood. Each katsina represents a spirit, some in the form of an animal such as a scorpion or snake, and others represent natural element such as rain or snow. Each doll is given at different points of a girls childhood to teach her about specific Hopi beliefs and traditions. The dolls are first given at infancy and then often presented by male dancers dressed as the same spirit during ceremonial dances.

    Our collection of dolls were made by master artist Vernon Mansfield who sadly passed away last month at nearly 80 years old. Vernon was part of a movement to revive the traditional style of the craft and we fell in love with his use of vivid colour and pattern in his work.

    The dolls are traditionally carved using the root of cottonwood trees which are significant to the Hopi as the roots seek out water which is in short supply in their arid southern lands. Each of these katsina is a unique piece of art that exemplifies the artistic skills and spiritual nature of the Hopi tribe.

    You can buy the dolls here.


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  • Robert Longo - YINGXIONG (HEROES)

    Posted on 06/02/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    American artist Robert Longo's YINGXIONG (HEROES) series of charcoal drawings. Amazing!  

    You can find more fantastic work on his website.

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  • Sand + Art + Sunshine

    Posted on 30/01/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    The grey of winter is making me dream of balmy days and bright sunshine. Perhaps a perfect mix of sunshine, beautiful coastline, and brilliant artwork all into one? Well there are artists around who are doing just this. These artists create huge artworks in the sand, making geometric and organic pieces. I love that the work lasts as long as the tide is out, all that creative effort goes into a momentary masterpiece.  Sam Dougados from France was winner of the 2012 sand art championship in Jersey. He approaches his work from a relaxed stand point, in most cases designing the piece as he goes along.

    Andres Amador from the USA incorporates the geography of a location within his designs.

    Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg has a more hightech approach using a huge moulded roller attached to a tractor to cover large area in an intricate pattern.   

    Andy Coutanche's tool of choice is his grandfathers 100 year old rake which he wields to  create intricate designs, some reminiscent of crop circle patterns.

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