xenasdad

Innovative works of art, home furnishings and jewelry

New York, United States · 76 Sales

xenasdad

Innovative works of art, home furnishings and jewelry

New York, United States 76 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(23)

Announcement   Xenasdad features the art and artistry of Fred Brandes. A diversified fine artist and craftsman who was a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient. All work is done by the artist. Each is one of a kind though similar versions are made. Custom orders are welcome.
Xenasdad is where you will find versions of the repurposed letterpress type case as a component of art and furniture that he introduced at the ICFF over 20 years ago.
Printer's type boxes which once housed type fonts are transformed. They are cut up, connected, spaces are changed, and finished.
In the mixed media art, aka seashell paintings, assemblage, sculptural relief, a unique and difficult skill is essential. Dozens and hundreds of various seashells and selected for their size, shape, color, pattern and texture. Each becomes a sculpture within it's space. Many are cut, ground, or raised so that all are at a similar depth. The result is a hieroglyphic like composition. The work is covered with an acrylic sheet that is retained by a wood frame. They are easily removable.
First published in the mid 1990's when introduced at the ICFF, the tables with a printer's type case for a top, are now found across the US and UK. Most are used to display collections, memorabilia and natural finds including sea glass, stones, shells, bones insects, leaves, and feathers. You may want to display photos, awards, jewelry and other manmade or vintage items.


























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Announcement
Last updated on Jun 21, 2016

Xenasdad features the art and artistry of Fred Brandes. A diversified fine artist and craftsman who was a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient. All work is done by the artist. Each is one of a kind though similar versions are made. Custom orders are welcome.
Xenasdad is where you will find versions of the repurposed letterpress type case as a component of art and furniture that he introduced at the ICFF over 20 years ago.
Printer's type boxes which once housed type fonts are transformed. They are cut up, connected, spaces are changed, and finished.
In the mixed media art, aka seashell paintings, assemblage, sculptural relief, a unique and difficult skill is essential. Dozens and hundreds of various seashells and selected for their size, shape, color, pattern and texture. Each becomes a sculpture within it's space. Many are cut, ground, or raised so that all are at a similar depth. The result is a hieroglyphic like composition. The work is covered with an acrylic sheet that is retained by a wood frame. They are easily removable.
First published in the mid 1990's when introduced at the ICFF, the tables with a printer's type case for a top, are now found across the US and UK. Most are used to display collections, memorabilia and natural finds including sea glass, stones, shells, bones insects, leaves, and feathers. You may want to display photos, awards, jewelry and other manmade or vintage items.


























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5 out of 5 stars
(23)
lizplatts1

lizplatts1 on Apr 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My transaction with Fred Brandes was straightforward, easy, and a pleasure. He custom-designed a gallery table to my specs, packaged it carefully, and turned it around prompty. We are delighted with the table! The whole process was easy and straightforward with great communication and helpful advice.

Stacey Foley

Stacey Foley on Apr 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

We received the letterpress draw today. My son and I are so excited. Product is in perfect condition and transaction was easy. This will be a project for us to make a display draw for his geodes and crystals. Thank you for a fantastic experience. Outstanding Etsy store.

Kate Deater

Kate Deater on Feb 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The printer's box/drawer was a great find! I asked Fred (the shop owner) a question about adding some stain to make it look a bit older - he responded quickly and I decided to make the purchase. It shipped the next day and I got it just two days later. Great experience with this shop!

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About

Innovative custom made tables and mixed media art combining woodwork, seashells and color finishes.

Fred Brandes is a life long artist and artisan. Being "Old School", he resisted using a computer until 2009. Etsy was his introduction to the internet.
Before moving to Springs, NY, close to the Jackson Pollock House and Studio,
he made paintings in a studio on the Bowery in NY and later in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He did woodwork and building for many Galleries, Museums, Artist's and collectors. His paintings are in public collections including Prudential, Chase, Marathon Oil and Citicorp. During the year in which he was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, he sustained a serious injury which left him with 2 functioning fingers on his right hand. Being left handed, in time he overcame the loss. But changes became necessary.

After giving up his living loft and studio Fred moved to the East End of Long Island. There he provides custom woodwork, furniture repair, makes art and
the display tables seen here. In recent years he has been exhibiting at Art and Craft fairs.

Surrounded by water, longs walks on the shoreline resulted in searching for "Treasures" that wash up. The early tables were filled with self collected seashells, bones, stones, and other found "Sculpture". Interest in the tables escalated with exposure on Etsy and at shows and fairs. The tables evolved and lead to making seashell art for the wall. While he still walks the beaches, Fred visits "Internet Beach", where beautiful seashells from around the world are found.

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 26, 2016
Most of the art and artful furniture in Xenasdad is made to order or custom made.
I do all the design, woodwork, finishing, shell cutting, composing, gluing myself.
I invite custom inquiries if you are inspired by what you see in Xenasdad.
You are able to request custom sizes, woods, color, type of finish, of the table or artwork you are interested in.
Dimensions are approximate as each one on a kind table or wall piece varies.
Shipping costs are estimates to give you an idea of average shipping costs. Obtaining the glass in your area saves on packing, crating and shipping costs. Large tables can ship knocked down, saving more. A kit and instructions are included.
Actual shipping cost is determined by your zip code and shipping options if available.
Contact me for details.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept the payment methods offered by Etsy. No checks.
You may request paying half the cost when placing the order. The balance is payable when you are notified the order is ready to ship. This is available on orders of $600 or more and if the expected completion date is 4 weeks or more.

The shipping costs shown are an estimate. The actual shipping cost is determined by your zip code and details. If you request a size change the cost will be affected. Shipping options are offered for furniture. See shipping policy.

If you place an order and I have begun by purchasing materials and have scheduled or begun the work, I do not accept cancellation under normal circumstances. Any changes requested after work has begun will affect the cost. Be sure before you order.

If you reside in NY, sales taxes apply and are added to the cost. If you are a reseller, a certificate is required.
Shipping
Orders are packaged or crated in the shop. The following applies to shipments to the lower 48 US. Shipping cost elsewhere is possible but will be significantly higher.
Where possible, I use USPS ground parcel service. FedEx and UPS ground service is available. All shipments are insured.
Orders over $100 require delivery confirmation. Orders over $500 require a signature confirmation.
Please read each listing for ways you may save on shipping expense.
Refunds and Exchanges
I truly hope you are satisfied with your purchase. Most furniture sites do not accept returns. If you receive the wrong item, I will pay to ship it back, correct the shipment and pay to ship it.

In the event of proven loss or damage resulting from shipping, a claim will be made with the carrier. All claims require proof of damage. Notify the carrier immediately. Submit photographs of the damage. Insured shipments are the responsibility of the carrier.
Refunds will be considered but limited to the insured value.

Shipping large and fragile items require significant packing and protection.
Still, handling with care is not always practiced by carriers. If your shipment arrives with minor damage, it can likely be repaired with some instruction. Please contact me and send a photo. It is not advisable to return a shipment with minor and correctable damage. Further damage is at risk.

A carriers proof of delivery will invalidate a claim of loss of shipment.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am a custom shop and studio artist. I do remake table designs upon request.
Most of the examples shown of artwork and tables are previously purchased. You can request a similar size, composition, box and frame color but no two will be exactly the same. I am always adding new shells to compositions. Some are no longer available. Each composition is different. Select a listing you would like as a starting point. Provide your input. A custom listing will be made for you. If you have some shells you would like in it, send them. If I can't use them, I will return them. When ready, a preview will be provided. It will show the layout before glue up.

Some listings may be of available works. Contact me to be sure and provide shipping information so I can determine the actual shipping cost.

FAQs- The most asked question is "Do you find your shells or buy them"?
Ans- I had a vast collection of self found shells and other objects that was used in the first years of making tables and wall pieces. In recent years, I have had to purchase many. I only buy from licensed sellers and trust they sell legal and non-endangered specimens. I use shells from parts of the world where shelling is important to their economy and a way of life.

Next question- "How do you cut them"? I use an abrasive saw blade. This is difficult and dangerous work due to the irregular shape and hardness of seashells. I relate the process to brick cutting only cutting shell is more dangerous and not recommended.

Dealer inquiries are considered. Consignments are discouraged unless nearby.

Rarely do shells becoming unglued during transport or otherwise. The frame and acrylic cover remove easily. You can use different adhesives that are available. Instant bond adhesives like Crazy Glue will do job. Hot glue can also be used. For heavier shells use a tile adhesive or similar product. Let the adhesive dry thoroughly, overnight is recommended.