Freeman Furnishings, LLC

Freeman Furnishings

About The Artist

Katie Freeman • Coralville, IA

My artwork has been influenced heavily by the natural lines and shapes found within nature. Recently, it has started to reflect a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. My work explores the varying relationships between sourcing material and expressions of the marginalized. I use various wood species and a variety of power carving tools to bring my art to life. I use only urban lumber and recycled goods to create pieces of art and furniture.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Power tools such as the bandsaw and drill press are used to get pieces close to rough shape. Then with a series of power carving tools such as an angle grinder, die grinder, and carbide carving wheels and burrs the pieces are shaped to final design. Each piece is sanded to extra fine grit such as 320 or 400. I add color to the piece either through dye, shou sugi ban, or resin, and then add the appropriate environmentally friendly top coat. Soon, a CNC will be added to my studio, allowing me to create more repeatable designs, while still focusing on carving.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I love that wood remains "living" even after is has been felled. Throughout the live of a piece, the wood continues to breathe in and out moisture with the changes of the season. The tone of the wood changes over it's life. Literally everyday you will see a different pieces because of microscopic changes. Resin is a fun addition because it allows me to add color and design in ways that are not as possible with the wood alone.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I strive to surprise people. When you see one of my pieces, I want there to be something new to discover by sight and touch at every angle you can approach it. They are an interactive experience meant to make you go, "wait, that is wood?!".