Have you seen the result of the collaboration between British artist Damien Hirst and the house of Lalique? It has caught both my attention and imagination. Hirst has created 'Eternal' a limited edition of crystal art panels with France's famous, artistic glass creators at Lalique.
Together they have created 3 different crystal panels; each one is engraved with Hirst's signature and there are just 50 of each design in 12 scrumptious colours. Along with René Lalique and Damien Hirst I too have a fondness for butterflies. In my imagination I have a wall into which the panels are set as windows and sunlight beams through them showering the floor with coloured reflection.
I love the way that the light travels through many of Lalique's pieces... slowly, as if it just wants to remain there and languish in the curves, contours and colours of the crystal. Couldn't you sink into those hues of green, amber and blue?
I have a small crystal fish made by Lalique; a souvenir of working in Paris with my friend the artist Sabina Rose. We were exhibiting my stencils to museums and galleries and had enjoyed a visit to the Lalique showroom on Rue Royale.
The fish was designed by Rene Lalique in 1913. I told Sabina that I'd like to collect a shoal of them and she treated me to first of my collection. It is still the only one that I own and he's gorgeous.
Lalique are launching more exciting projects, their Facebook page will keep you up to date.
Damien Hirst's exhibition diary can be found at damienhirst.com
Photo credits Prudence Cuming Associates copyright Damien Hirst and Lalique 2015.
....The fish picture is my own.