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ArtNouveau Railing L residence by ou8nrtist2 ArtNouveau Railing L residence by ou8nrtist2
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That's the little Princess that lives there,(her mother commissioned me),who told me my railing was soooo sick and I have Mad skills...LOL
And that's the patient and meticulous contractor who installed it. I have been blessed with really good people to install my works. Contractors have the license,liability insurance,and portable tools,non of which I have. I just want to stay in my studio and make awesome shit,but of course that's a dream...
I always give the client a day for free when an install happens . I'm there as an adviser(and to rectify something that doesn't fit),but the contractor is legally in charge.
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sstheblacksmith Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Very cool look you have going there, awesome.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
Thanks Sam...
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Nimpsu Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Student Interface Designer
It would be so nice to be involved in making something like this. Here in Finland all architectural metal work is so simplistic and comformist that you never see anything from the nouveau period. Either it's extremely functional with no decorations at all or then it's those damn basic baroque/neo classical scrolls. Sigh.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional
Are you saying that's the peoples choice there, or is it restricting design review boards that shoot down anything out of the mainstream?
I mean,I've seen some incredibly beautiful PLANNED communities with an integrated design concept where the design review principle works very well. We have one here called SEA RANCH. It's a pristine section of the North Coast that was purchased in the 70's and all the homes are wood and for the most part gorgeous architecture. Turnbull designed allot of the first homes. The structures are all fairly low by the ocean so they don't block the view,and they're spaced out with plenty of room.
But then you go into a more urban like area and the design review boards only allocate designs that are non challenging,that don't call attention to themselves and so the area ends up looking BORING...
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Nimpsu Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Student Interface Designer
I think it just has to do with us as Finns being late-bloomers with almost everything. I mean we're lagging behind Sweden with 5 years designwise and it's not that the distance for the influences to travel here would be too long. Of course one of the reasons is that we're simply quite conformist as a people. The other reason must be that the metal artesan as an occupation is still in its babyshoes. There seems to be two schools of thought that dominate the whole trade: either you become a traditional blacksmith and do candle holders and knife blades at the forge or then you study yourself to become designer and never get to be involved with anything physical. The only really nice areas in Finland architecturally are different "Old towns" which have whole neighborhoods of buildings from the 19th Century. Apart from those Finnish urban areas are dominated with this sense of...neutrality. And I mean that in a negative sense :) Everything is made to look so emotionless and bland. I was in job practice at a 2-man firm called Rauta-aika (Engl: "Iron age") and I'd say that's the best known "blacksmith" company in Finland. You might even have heard of the guy I was working for: jouko Nieminen. He's been a guest speaker at several ABANA conferences, but anyway, I'd say that they get the most interresting architectural metal commissions in Finland and still these are the examples of gates they do [link] So those represent the cutting-edge in Finnish metal artesan projects. Sorry for pouring my heart out. It's just a tad frustrating at times and I haven't even finished my studies yet :P
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional
OMG that all sounds so depressing ,
and I had such a different view of your countries aesthetics.
I guess I'm simply ignorant.
I tend to collect books and magazines that feature cutting edge and innovative designs rather than traditional,and I think I just lumped Finland in with Swedish,Danish and Icelandic design ,which emphasize materials and craftsmanship ,and which I admire. But those gates are rather staid in their appearance ,slightly underwhelming...
But you don't have to stay there.
Or you COULD stay there and blow them away with your own work and inspired designs.
You have a marvelous talent friend ,and I always say;"Cream always floats to the top eventually".
I think you should open your own studio and advance your own aesthetics,taking what you've learned and what you've studied from the past and UPDATE it for the 21st century...
When you get established ,rich and successful,I'll come visit...LOL, If I live that long...
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Nimpsu Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for the reassurance :) Have to see where I wind up in the future. It would great to make somekind of Journeyman trip after the studies, but have to see. For now, when my livelihood doesn't yet depend on this, I'll just concentrate on making cool stuff for myself and friends :)
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nativeart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
The girl is very observant. You do amazing stuff with stainless steel, no doubt. This is a lovely railing and she is quite lucky to get to live with it. Totally cool.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional
Thank you,
This is forged STEEL.
Stainless steel is another beast altogether...
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nativeart Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
ok must have missed the distinction. You do both very well.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional
Thank you Marsha,
JFYI stainless steel has allot of iron in it ,but it also contains chromium and nickel which account for it's "stainless"qualities(no rust),and give it ductility and great tensile strength.
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nativeart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes I knew it was a relative but wasn't sure what they had added to make it shiny and rust free. I like stainless but I know its lots more expensive than iron too. And for most people it isn't something that they can afford for things like railings and stuff. Furthermore I rather doubt that lots of people know you can even make that sort of thing from stainless because they have never seen it. You are the only one I've run into that works with it to such a great extent and you certainly do make lovely things with it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
Thank you friend,
I DO seem to have a special affinity with that material.
I might suggest a metaphor that,for some reason I think I have the same resonant frequency.
But intuitively I also believe that same frequency is what has made glass spontaneously explode in my presence many times in the past...
I'm starting to get some control of that effect now finally. INTENTION seems to have a measured effect.

Certain "regular folk" are aware of stainless and it's characteristics. Anybody with a pool knows the chlorine gases coming from the water will readily rust any mild steel railing around a pool,so they are usually built from stainless or aluminum. Also ,most chefs dealing with kitchen equipment get pretty familiar with stainless, and of course piercing jewelry is now commonly manufactured in 316 stainless...
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nativeart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes there is a familiarity with stainless with respect to things like stainless steel kitchen stuff and piercing jewelry. Wasn't aware of the pool fencing but I still think that the vast majority wouldn't think that someone short of a large manufacturing plant could do things with stainless. There are exceptions to anything, of course, but in general I get the feeling that it is sort of one of those things that 'is only made in large manufacturing plants' I can say that you are the first metal fabricator/artist that I have ever encountered that used stainless steel. I've seen numerous ones that use black iron or aluminum but never before seen someone do the sort of things you do with stainless. Logically I have always understood that it could be worked in some manner but thought perhaps the price was what prevented people from utilizing it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
Price and degree of difficulty.
It's a tad bit harder to play with than mild steel(regular steel).
Again,it was the Old Man's training.
I just about lived in his studio from my earliest memory till I left for boarding school.
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subtronik Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
You do have mad skills, I'd even say DOPE YO!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional
Ha hahahahahahahh,
Kids these days...
ya gotta love em.
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Feybles Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Looks MARVELLOUS!!

The contractor thing seems like an elegant solution to a few little problems :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional
It's fail safe for me,
and keeps me insulated legally.
But the best thing is I get my best friend(partner in forging) to do the really complicated ones ,and that's a separate contract with the client,and again I work for free on the installs so it's really a win win agreement for everybody.
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Feybles Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008   Artisan Crafter
it works. works well. :)
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tsuki-no-neko Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Gorgeous! I'm very jealous of that little girl. She gets to live with your work, and got to watch the install? Unfair I tell you.

I would not be disappointed if I suddenly became rich enough to buy a home and commission some work from you.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional
I would be honored...
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tsuki-no-neko Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Give me some time. It might take me a while to be able to afford it AND a house.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional
Aren't houses still cheap in Houston ?
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tsuki-no-neko Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional Filmographer
CheapER yes, but I cannot afford to purchase a home at this time. Student loans must be remedied first.
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Parwal Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I have to agree with her heartily! This looks amazing.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional
Thank you !
I was actually so honored by that little girl's comments because she's always so demure and held back.
She was positively gushing and it was so sweet...
She spends ALL her time on horseback and cares so little for human activity.
It was absolutely amazing I got her to pose for a photograph and she's actually laughing...
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quarkenzyme Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
hahaha mad skillz you certainly have! xD hahah
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