CHAIN REACTION, CHANDELIERS BY CAROLINA FONTOURA ALZAGA

by Miryam Muller in


Artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga constructs impressive chandeliers using chains, wheels and other parts from old bicycles as part of a series she calls CONNECT. Alzaga has lived in Brazil and Mexico and now works out of a studio in Los Angeles where the Etsy Blog recently caught up with her to conduct the interview and tour above. Of her work she says:

"This developing body of work draws inspiration from the aesthetics of victorian era chandeliers, DIY and Bike Culture, and follows an art tradition of utilizing non artistic materials for sculpture.

This series addresses class codes, power dynamics, reclaimed agency, and ecological responsibility. The traditional chandelier is seen as a bourgeois commodity, a cachet of affluence, excess, and as such power. The recycled bicycle parts become a representation of the dismissed, invisible, and powerless, but are also an affirmation of self-propelled movement. The bicycle chandelier thereby creates a new third meaning of reclaimed agency."

I think if I ever had need for a chandelier it would definitely be one of these. Alzaga has a number of pieces currently available in her shop.

Watch the video documentary below as she discusses her inspiring work.

http://vimeo.com/49335672

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LOMOGRAPHY'S SARDINA CAMERA

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Fred Perry is celebrating its 60th anniversary and to commemorate the occasion, they have reached out to Austrian film camera company Lomography. With photography becoming popular in recent times, thanks to digital cameras, there is a resurgence of film cameras which offer different type of point-and-shoot fun. This La Sardina camera is modeled after a humble sardine can, showing off vintage style in weathered bronze color. Operation of this camera is ultra simple as it only has f/8 aperture, focal length from 0.6 meters onwards, and shutter speed of 1/100. All you need is a 35mm film and you are ready to get snapping.