Aspen Golann

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Meet the Artist

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  • About This Artist

    I am a furniture maker and artist blending iconic early American furniture forms with contemporary design. I was trained in 17th-19th century American furniture, and I now use traditional decorative styles to create contemporary pieces. My furniture and small scale homewares mix playfulness and tradition, utility and sculpture. I make everything using hand tools and traditional decorative techniques, which gives my pieces the physical integrity of traditional craft with an updated aesthetic.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I was trained in early American furniture processes and styles so everything I produce in my studio is made with hand tools. My work is slow, playful and built to last.

    A: Wood is warm, intimate and strong. We grow up surrounded by wooden objects, so they are easy to overlook - but if approached with intention, each object piece has a unique signature. I get lost in the grain patterns, joinery, and subtle coloration. Hand tool woodworking requires careful attention to each work piece, giving me time and space to reveal the natural beauty of this ubiquitous material.

    A: Straight up: there aren't a lot of female woodworkers. There are even fewer who practice traditional, hand tool processes, and fewer still with a duel focus on function & design. I've got one foot in the world of design and one foot in traditional craft practices of early America. I guess you could say I'm both an artist and an unabashed wood-nerd.

    A: I go to the period rooms in museums - you know, the dorky basement floors that no one visits unless they are looking for a bathroom. I just like to see my inspirations existing in their natural habitat. I also love conservation labs and what a lot of collections and museums call "vertical storage" - which is when museums simply stack collected objects behind glass. I love of how visually overwhelming it is - and because I can peek underneath things to see what holds them together.

    A: I love that as a traditional hand tool woodworker I rely on tools crafted by other makers. Without a skilled metalsmith I wouldn't have an adze, scorp, travisher, drawknife, or any other tool I need to make my chairs or work wood. As craftspeople, we live in an interdependent support system - feeding on each other's research, curiosity, and compulsion to create. I am currently working on a project to give femme & BIPOC metal workers mentorship as they develop tools for traditional woodworking.

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