Hidden Reality ⸰ Exploration ⸰ Transformation
⦁ Handcrafted in England
⦁ Naturally dyed Tuscan leather
⦁ Swiss-made Riri zipper
This artist and writer both believed areas of reality exist beyond the world of our immediate senses. Carrying Vermillion reminds us to be like them - explore, experiment, uncover what is hidden, and through that we can transform our world.
Comes with an exquisite Exploration Card in a reusable luxury box tied with ART WRD cotton ribbon.
Paul Klee, Gradation "Red-Green (Vermilion)" 1921
The range of exploration and experimentation in Klee’s work across technique, form, colour and subject matter is astounding. This gradation work encompasses many of his teaching principles including colour theory, algebra, balance and inspiration from nature. Its repetition in a variety of colour weights also touches on his interest in connecting music and visual expression.
The overlapping increasing and decreasing forms between black and vermillion give a sense of movement but also of reaching in and through. Of forces that reach beyond our sensory perception of this world into another… embodying Klee’s principle of using art to guide us beyond the material world towards the many realities he believed were open to human awareness.
Inside Vermillion is a link to its Exploration Page where you can find out more and sign up to its creative world.
Attributed to Paul Éluard 1895 - 1952
"There is another world, and it is in this one."
Considered one of the founding fathers of Surrealism, Éluard was a friend and influence on any number of the Parisian avant-garde. The artists with whom Éluard collaborated reads like a roll-call of 20th century giants: Ernst, Dalí, Man Ray, Picasso, Chagall, de Chirico, Léger and Miró to name a few.
Like Klee, Éluard believed we are able to access another world and revolutionize human experience via our present reality. Through surrealism, this is achieved by freeing us from restrictive customs, structures and false rationality. This can be done by juxtaposing distant realities, embracing idiosyncrasy, poetic undercurrents and non-literal meaning - for example, in the way that our dreams seem to work. We can liberate our imaginations, give power to previously neglected associations and raise up the superior world lying hidden in this one. You can carry Vermillion as a prompt and inspiration to do just this.
Handcrafted in England
People & planet positive
We will only ever make products that are positive for people and our planet.⦁ We use recycled nylon for stitch, zip and bond strength. The rest is plastic-free.
⦁ Everyone involved in making an ART WRD is paid properly for their skill and expertise.
⦁ Our fabric comes through the leading ethical purchasing policy of Manchester's oldest textile supplier.
⦁ Our tannery follows an ancient process using only non-toxic plant-based tannins.
⦁ We only use leather that is a by-product of the highest standard of welfare for food production.
Our traditional methods give the leather an unmistakable warm and brilliant shade that becomes more intense with daily use and the passing of time.
Our pioneering printing lasts a lifetime
In Nottingham, England we work with leather printing pioneers. Utilizing their specialist procedures, artworks are re-created like a tattoo, with ink absorbing deeper into the leather, resulting in unparalleled colour vibrancy, image quality and colour durability.
Our pouches are crafted by highly-skilled, passionate people
Just across the Nottinghamshire Wolds in Melton Mowbray our pouches are handcrafted in small batches using traditional methods. This, along with the natural variation in these artisan products, means each one is unique. Expertly made to the very highest quality they are double-stitched at pressure points and lined with the finest cotton twill.
In short, ART WRD pouches are made to inspire you and be loved for a lifetime.
Pouch size⦁ Pouches are 24 x 17.5cm
⦁ 100% leather outer, 100% cotton twill lining