skulls

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Julia designed the skulls pieces because, quite simply, no collection of crystal artwork could possibly be considered complete without them.

The granddaddy of all crystal skull artworks is of course the sculpture produced by artist Damien Hirst in 2007. Called “For the Love of God”, it consists of a platinum cast of an 18th century human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds weighing in total 1,106.18 carats. It was first exhibited at the White Cube Gallery in London with an asking price of 50 million British pounds or 64 million US dollars. It generated a great deal of controversy and was parodied by artist Laura Keeble who created her own version using a plastic medical model skull with 6522 Swarovski crystals that she left in a pile of rubbish outside the White Cube Gallery the day after the Hirst show closed.

Disclaimer - The pieces in the Cartesian Graphics Skulls Collection do not use real diamonds. Our attorney insisted that we include this disclaimer so as to avoid any misunderstandings that could lead to lawsuits.

November 2018. The Deathflake series is added to the Skulls Collection.

The Deathflake design is an adaptation of a knitting pattern of the same name. It combines a contemporary skull motif with a traditional Nordic snowflake pattern. Many variations of the Deathflake can be found on mittens, hats, scarves, and sweaters, and now on wall art too.

These pieces were originally designed for what used to be Julia’s daughter’s room, then became the guest room when she left home, and is now referred to as the Day of the Dead Room because of all the skull art that resides there. For some reason, guests don’t seem to stay as long as they used to. Julia is puzzled by but not unduly dismayed by this turn of events.