One of the best gifts you can give yourself is to discover the light within you. When you find the light inside you, you get to the core of who you are and discover that your ultimate purpose is just to be who you are.
Your light is your truth – that spark of joy, happiness, love, and the unchanging state of internal peace. Where do you find that internal peace? Is it your bedroom, living room, home, office or within yourself?
We each have our own special place where we need light. to remind us how life is a gift. So no matter what challenges might arise, we must step into the light and move forward.
Dart Lamp helps to bring the light within you and find your path towards a fulfilling life, love, joy, peace, and prosperity. The light seeping through intricately carved wood and passing through thousands of holes will make your light special, unique, calm and magical.
Ernest Hemingway once said: “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another”. Details matter, they create depth, and depth creates authenticity. It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification–crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.
Respecting the motto – that nature is the greatest of all artists – my work with the gourds always starts from the very shape and size of the fruit dictated by nature. When holding the dried shell of the gourd in your hands, ideas and creative solutions spring – it is in these moments that a perfect blend of nature and art comes together. It was after completing my design studies in Belgrade (2005), that I made my first Dart lamp. It takes 100+ working hours to make one Dart lamp.
The Dart lamps are one of a kind, skillfully handmade creations that combine the natural look with graceful harmony and subtle elegance. The decorations on the lamps are characterized by a dynamic form of grace and symmetry on which perforated, carved and painted surfaces are encountered.
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THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Dart lamps are made of carefully selected high quality gourds of African origin. The dried form of the gourd was historically highly appreciated for its practical and esthetic value.
In African cultures, to this day, it is being used to make traditional instruments and dishes.
The most important feature of the dry gourd is that they are compact and very ductile for processing due to their uniform structure.
The process of making Dart lamps itself consists of several stages that are interconnected;the selection of the gourd, cleaning, wax impregnation, design, dyeing, engraving, carving, and installation of the base stand.
Each manufacturing stage is important because it affects the end quality of the Dart lamps.
One of the most important stages is the carving perforation, where 0.2 mm drills are used so that each perforation is facing the light source, giving the lamp its unique sharp shadows.
For the manufacturing of these I use the Proxxon, Dremel, and NSK tools.
An essential part of the Dart lamps is the wooden stand designed specifically for each lamp.
The wood for the base of the lamp is chosen so as to incorporate its aesthetic characteristics into the design of the lamp.
For the making of the base stand, I like to use high quality wood pieces that have their own unique characteristics…their own distinctive traits and histories.
For lamp #40 for example, a local wood by the name of Poplar Burl was used, which has a very specific looks and color texture.
Most notably the stands for lamps # 39, 41, and 43 were made with Celtis australis.
The pieces are in fact from a tree that is over 150 years old, and is still planted by the church in Kovacica. It is believed this tree to be as old as the place itself and that it was here even before the church was built.
In this town, world famous for its Naive Art and a place where Dart lamps are created.
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE
The Dart lamps are made entirely of natural materials and any improper handling may damage them. Due to the structure of the gourds whose walls are merely 5 mm thick; the Dart Lamps are unfortunately highly susceptible to shocks and falls.
The lamps are protected and impregnated with wax so that maintenance is done only with a dry cloth or brush without the use of any cleaning agents.
The lamps are not intended for open spaces where there may be contact with moisture, and are intended solely for indoor use.
The Dart lamps use halogen light bulbs. Initially, you can use halogen light bulbs HS-G6.35 / 30W Input: 230V. With time for a better light effect, these may be substituted with halogen light bulbs G4 / 20W Input 12 V with a built-in power adapter.
For safety, it is important to note that when replacing the bulbs, a light bulb with the same technical specs is used in order to avoid overheating of adapters or some other undesired effects.