Books, like art, are an obsession. There are few things in life more satisfying than finding yourself immersed in a good read in front of a fire with weather outside. Throw in a glass of Sea Smoke and heaven can wait.
Second only to books are beautiful magazines, and among the very best is Cabana. Launched in 2014 by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and friends, this is a hymn to design, architecture, textiles, fabrics, and all forms of artistic expression that inspire. Martina writes about her creation as being for “a community or, more accurately, a tribe.” The magazine is a “cozy hut where like-minded people can meet, preferably around a gorgeously set table.”
If only…we at Sujac Studios strive to do the same. What we look for are offerings of a sort that transport the senses, nudge remembrances, and throw in a tad of “je ne sais quoi” into the mix that can live comfortably in your home. This is key to curation as is a respect for heritage, context, and relevance to the individual.
Finally, I am reminded on a more cosmic scale that offerings we make online, or in our everyday words and actions, are powerful indeed. The ancients did it and so shall we share perspectives because in that there is understanding and humanity, which all great art reveals. The early Christians had a particular way of linking art with God that some might say was brilliant PR, and some might say divine. Simply put, images and things carry meaning. To illustrate this in higher terms, have a read of this passage from Cabana’s recently published Anthology on artworks and objects as offerings, or ex-votos.
“An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or a divinity. It is given in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshipper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks, and can take a wide variety of forms. They are not only intended to apply for help, but also as a way of bearing witness to grace received, for visitors later on. As such, they may include texts explaining a miracle attributed to the helper, or symbols such as a painted or modeled reproduction of a miraculously healed body part, or a directly related item such as a crutch given by a person who was formerly lame.”
And so from the beginning, art and fine objects have validated our presence and legacies. Our mission is to support this great tradition, serve our tribe, and curate works that move and add meaning to your world. And hey, what a lot of fun we will have!
Welcome to Sujac Studios – enjoy the view!