It’s no secret that we love repurposed, re-imagined and industrial elements here at H&D. So when we were contacted by a trio of industrial artists, we were falling over ourselves to feature their amazing works.
We are so lucky to get such an amazing range of artists, designers and creative souls joining our fast growing creative community, so we thought we’d dedicate a whole stream of the blog to those that make our world more interesting – Demarche Artistique kicks off the first of a long list of creators and we welcome them and their amazing works to our H&D community.
“My name is Agnes Durbet, I am a Canadian in Australia. I came to this country on a dream and fell into a magic well of creative minds in the most unexpected of places.
Visiting a friend who works at industrial treatment centres in and around Sydney, I went into the centre of the earth and back, deep into the belly of the city. What I found was a gritty world of contrasts and a hidden aesthetic.
Industrial grounds in the mountains and near the ocean are hidden to the public but have their own richness if you look at them with creative eyes and a sense of adventure. So I started to take and collect selections of photographs illustrating my journey to different sites. Along the way, I came across some incredibly talented artists like Ape and Martin and I recognised that I had to share their gift for re-imagining what others overlooked.
On industrial sites, hard manual labor and mechanical, industrial and technical feats are being accomplished every day by men and women – but if you look closely, there are some artistic treasures on these sites too”.
He calls himself “Ape” and he is a travelling gems seeker. Raised in Morocco with a French background, he came to Australia almost 40 years ago and lived in some very remote areas for 20 years before finally settling down in Sydney. He now has his own construction company… but his artistic passion is the medium of industrial photography.
Martin M M. is a contractor and a collector. He scavenges for bits and pieces with industrial appeal and creates some very functional pieces. He is a master of ‘Steampunk’ art that is masculine and rugged with a touch of mad scientist thrown in. He uses metal and wood to creates element of interior design – lamps, candle stands, furniture that blur the line between sculpture and functionality.
These artists have an amazing range of industrial-inspired photographs, home wares, sculptures and decor items between them – here’s are just of some of their creations.
Like us, if you’re in love with their work then get in touch with Agnes for information and pricing on any of their pieces: firstname.lastname@example.org | +61 426 107 678.
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