A DIY, rustic, chandeliere inspired by ancient Chinese artifacts
A DIY chandelinet inspired by Ancient Chinese architectural and historical art is making the rounds in Australia.
The ‘S’ shaped chandeliers are made from a single piece of copper, and have an original design.
The copper used to make them is called “Mao Yuan” in Chinese, and has been known to have medicinal properties.
“It’s a really simple piece of art that has a lot of potential,” says Julia MacGregor, who’s making the chandelis out of the copper and aluminum she has lying around.
The chandelies were designed by Julia Macgregor.
(Supplied)MacGregor says she’s been making chandelices and chandeletshops since she was a teenager, and she’s had a few designs.
“I always had a fascination with ancient Chinese architecture and it was a big part of my life,” she says.
“The Chinese people were very proud of their ancient architecture and how it’s really the first to modernise the Chinese landscape.”
So, MacGregore decided to put her skills to the test.
“One of my goals was to make a chandelette that could stand up to the weather,” she said.
The designs were inspired by an ancient Chinese building, and were originally made with copper and metal, and are decorated with Chinese characters.
“There’s a lot going on in these pieces of copper and aluminium, and it’s very much influenced by the way Chinese people made their things,” she explained.
A Chinese chandelerie is pictured at a Chinese traditional art gallery in Beijing.”
It’s just one piece of a very complex and elaborate design.”
A Chinese chandelerie is pictured at a Chinese traditional art gallery in Beijing.
The pieces are currently on display in the Chinese traditional artist’s studio at the Art and Crafts Museum in Sydney.
MacGregore has also created other chandeliets, including an Egyptian one, and plans to create one of her own.
She’s been inspired by the designs of her ancestors.
“They were very good at making chimes and playing instruments, so I wanted to make something that I could also use,” she told 7.30.
“A chandeliby was very important to them, and there was a lot that they used to create their music.”
The chimes are on display at the Chinese Traditional artist’s Studio at the Arts and Craft’s Museum in Canberra.
(ABC News: David McGreal)Macgregor says her designs are not just for the china’s rich history, but for the people of Australia.
“These chandelimets are designed to look beautiful and to be practical and elegant, and also to make people feel good about their home and about themselves,” she explains.
“People will feel like they have a place in their community.”
The designs are on sale now for $150, but MacGregors owner hopes to sell the pieces at an auction.
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