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  Frédérique Morrel The French artist Frédérique Morrel was horrified to discover that when her grandmother died, all of her handicrafts were thrown away. Since then, she has been pursuing the idea of bringing her grandmother’s works back to life in order to revive the passion that was inherent in them. In the process, she has developed a completely new artistic concept that “ decycles ” unnoticed and unvalued pop artifacts, thus helping them make the transition to a new life cycle.  ** Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of  Frédérique Morrel’s art.  The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework.  While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ ghosts ”.)  If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then

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from author Kristin Nicholas

This weeks’ Links I’m Loving…….

• In case you missed Jon Batiste’s performance at the Grammys on Sunday, it is worth a watch. He’s a remarkable artist. You can watch this feature from CBS Sunday morning HERE (9 minutes). It had me in tears. His interview on Colbert (10 minutes) was sweet too. Humble, brilliant, super talented. A guy to watch as he shares his work with the world.

• I liked this 5 minute film called “Where Do Ideas Come From?” by filmmaker Andrew Norton.

Here is a lovely article on Kaffe Fassett and his incredible home in London. I’ve long been a fan and it’s nice to see all the incredible work in the place it was made.

This is amazing - embroidered moss and fungi.

• Loved this podcast interview with Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach. He started his career as a potter. Fascinating life. 





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