Crafting every single piece with her own two hands, Swedish ceramicist Eleonor Böstrom channels her fondness for dogs into porcelain sculptures that blur the line between functional object and collectible artwork. San Francisco–based Böstrom typically creates her playful canines in classic black-and-white, but her latest pieces see her add a pop of colour with a fur-like material, which she says pays tribute to surrealist artist Méret Oppenheim and the beloved animal itself. The experiment also added a new challenge to her creative process: “There are a lot of small steps that go into making a dog; it’s not just hand-forming the clay. And that’s what I really like with the craft: it never gets dull.”
Each of Böstrom’s sculptures is a labour of love that can take two months to make, uniquely formed and boasting its own personality. Böstrom’s a keen observer of animal behaviour, but don’t expect her to stray. As she explains, “Dogs are always number one with me.”
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
August 25, 2021
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
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