Masquerades + Mythology

    Folklore is Fascinating. Defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "The traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth,” folklore is a rich source of inspiration for us.

    From the far reaches of the globe we 
    have most recently been fired up by Charles Fréger's incredible Wilder Mann series and the power of his new exhibition Fabula in Milan. See more in Lyon at the Yokainoshima, Spirits of Japan show and sit tight for his new book Cimarron due to hit shelves February 2019.

    Stop by Houston Texas where the Egungun Masquerade festival is being honoured in an exhibition at Lawndale Art Center. Crafted using traditional materials, masquerade masks and costumes incorporate symbols and patterns from a wealth of cultures.

    Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, predicts that Folklore will be influencing the stuff that surrounds us in a big way by 2020. We see that it also offers the chance locally and globally to focus on a respect for culture, history, resources, skills and each other. This is a trend that we hope will run deep.  Images: Charles Fréger (top) and Donna Tennant.