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Domestic Science: Colorful Hand Brushes Inspired by the Shakers

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Domestic Science: Colorful Hand Brushes Inspired by the Shakers

January 16, 2018

One of our favorite exhibitions in recent years is Furnishing Utopia, a show of 14 design studios that each reinterpreted traditional Shaker furniture and objects. One designer, Montreal-based Zoë Mowat, studied Shaker brushes—their functions and materials—and designed her own colorful ash and horsehair hand brushes. They’re for sale in limited edition on her site; here’s a look.

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Above: Mowat’s “Brush Study” includes three different shapes of hand brushes. They’re made of natural horsehair and lacquered ash handles in different colors.
furnishing utopia collaborated with mount lebanon shaker museum in upstate new 10
Above: Furnishing Utopia collaborated with Mount Lebanon Shaker Museum in upstate New York and the Hancock Shaker Village in the Massachusetts Berkshires. Shown here are the brushes at the Hancock Shaker Village.

the brush study green brush is \$\155 cad (\$\1\25 usd). 11
Above: The Brush Study Green Brush is $155 CAD ($125 USD).
the brush study yellow brush is \$\155 cad (\$\1\25 usd). 12
Above: The Brush Study Yellow Brush is $155 CAD ($125 USD).
the brush study blue brush is \$\155 cad (\$\1\25 usd). 13
Above: The Brush Study Blue Brush is $155 CAD ($125 USD).

the hand brooms on display at hancock shaker village. 14
Above: The hand brooms on display at Hancock Shaker Village.

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