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Thursday
Jan082015

how it's made: frida and diego pendant lights

For centuries, the people in the south of Mexico have made use of the palm plant—a sustainable natural fiber that grows abundantly and wild.

The word ‘makaua’ in the Nahuatl —or Aztec—language has two meanings: hand to hand; or the act of giving a hand.

More than 700 families are a part of this project and each and every hand that has touched these products is recognized and valued—each one makes this story possible.

Artisans use the techniques that have been passed from generation to generation—beginning with the simple process of cutting, boiling and letting the palm branches dry under the sun.

Next, the palm fibers are braided into long strands making them more durable and easier to build into large forms—such as placemats, sun hats or baskets.

Palm strands are dyed into beautiful custom colors which artisans use to create interesting patterns. Sewing machines are then used to stitch the strands together, finally giving shape and dimension to the oversized shades of the frida and diego pendant lights.

Friday
Jan042013

diy: picket fence eden pendant

Supplies:
eden pendant lamp
wooden paint stirrers
paint(s)
paint brush(es)

Directions:
Paint wooden stirrers as desired, let dry as needed then hot glue and hang!

For best results, hot glue at the top and bottom wire rings of the fabric shade—and only on the exterior of the shade.

Hint: to determine the quantity of stirrers needed, divide the circumference of the pendant shade—62”—by the width of the stirrers.

Friday
Jan042013

diy: string tied eden pendant

Supplies:
eden pendant lamp
embroidery yarn
scissors

Directions:
Along the inside edge of the shade, tuck in yarn end as shown. Wrap yarn(s) as desired—when finished: cut, secure and install!

Note: to avoid a fire hazard, only wrap the shade with yarns top to bottom—do not run yarns across the shade.

Friday
Jan042013

diy: chevron stripe eden pendant 

Supplies:
eden pendant lamp
fabric paint(s)
paint brush(es)
painter’s tape
heavy weight paper
scissors
ruler
pencil

Directions:
Choose one or more fabric paint colors—then measure, mask, paint and peel!

For best results, cut tape ends cleanly and follow instructions provided with fabric paint.

Thursday
Jul222010

in multiples: pendants

If all the world’s a stage, we want better lighting! No matter the fixture, lighting always creates drama. Concert-goers remember a favorite song, maybe the playlist, but they always comment on the light show!

Lighting sets a mood and is the first extension of the architecture of a space into room settings—so choose accordingly. Direct or fluorescent lighting is best used in places like offices or schools where energy efficiency and high clarity are priorities. While warmer lighting—usually low wattage—is great in multiples to cast a flattering glow.

hint: research and imagine the possibilities!