Repoussé

This month’s blog topic is the on the art of Repoussé.

Repoussé is an ancient skill used in metal craft to create beautiful images in malleable metals. The term Repoussé is derived from the French word pousser, “to push forward.”  The techniques of Repoussé are found worldwide from ancient times, such as the gold mummy mask of Tutankhamun,  to today, as demonstrated in the Statue of Liberty.

The repoussé design is created by raising the image from the back using special hammers and chasing fine details from the front.    Bas-relief (low relief) repoussé is often confused with a mass production process of “rolling” or “stamping” designs into metal with special forming machines. This kind of imprinting a design into metal does not typically result in the fine detail associated with genuine repoussé, and doesn’t allow for cost-effective intricate one-off custom designs.

Texas Lightsmith artisans are skilled in this venerable process to create unique one of a kind functional art products. Watch the video for inspiration on how to incorporate repoussé into your Texas Lightsmith project.

New Lighting Brochures are Here!

We are proud to announce the much anticipated launch of our brand new lighting brochure! They are hot of the printer and ready to be shipped to our amazing clients! Want a copy of our NEW LIGHTING Brochure? Email Us or give us a call and we will send you the new brochure! 

2018 Southern Living Idea House | Austin, Texas

The cat is finally out of the bag! We can finally talk about our long awaited reveal. Southern Living Idea House 2018 has hit the stands. It was a pleasure working with Meredith Ellis Design & David Wilkes Builders again on this fabulous transformation. The 2018 Southern Living Idea House in Austin is by far the best we have seen from Southern Living. This year the Austin Idea House featured our Range Hood # 7-46 in stainless steel with a Non-Directional Burnished Stainless steel finish. Body details include “Steamer Trunk” strapping with “Arrow Head” ends and decorative rivets paired with our boarder #22 (details feature stainless steel strapping and decorative rivets).

Photo Credit: Southern Living Magazine & Meredith Ellis Design

In The Press… Garden and Gun Magazine

Its always a treat when we find out our hand crafted products hit a major publication. Last summer our custom light fixtures (Wall Sconce model: DJWS) were featured in a Gun & Garden Magazine article about a little known watering hole in our own backyard of Central Texas. These hand crafted (in our local Austin Studio) wall sconces are formed from sheets of Mica and strips of copper to form a conical light fixture.

Photo Credit: Garden & Gun Magazine

Texas Lightsmith Lights Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin”

It’s been an amazing journey working with the Blanton Museum of Art on Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin”. We are proud to be a small locally owned, locally operated business, who employs local craftsmen & artisans who are paid living wages. We share our excitement with the Art community that “Austin” is open and that our company and team helped spot light world renowned art for generations to come.

 

 

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