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Meet the Artist
About This Artist
For nearly 50 years now I have had an unbroken desire to make: Things of our daily life and the spaces in which we use them. Primarily of wood with its wonderful ability to be formed and still retain its individuality; but also of other materials. Making brings mindfulness to the maker; with skill in crafting developed by practice with intent, this mindfulness can be brought to the user providing enriching awareness and reoccurring enjoyment.
Q&A With This Artist
A: My primary medium of choice is wood, most commonly North American Hardwoods and West Coast softwoods. I occasionally use tropical hardwoods where I can accent their beauty and preciousness. Unfortunately, working in a dense urban environment with limited space and high rents, I must rely on my dependable suppliers, rather than directly source and process the material. I also use brass, steel, copper, aluminum, ceramic, paper, linoleum, concrete, and other materials where I think their use might be appropriate and exciting. As primarily a furniture maker, the use of the piece will often initiate the scale and volume of the design. I then try to rethink how it might be built, as I think structure, movement in using the piece and movement around the piece, hardware and connectors and connections should should all say something about the piece, emphasizing, accentuating, challenging the user to heighten their awareness and increase their enjoyment of what otherwise might be an everyday, mundane, repetitive task.
A: One of the differences between crafting a piece and manufacturing it is that the crafter is able to respond to variations in the medium. Inconsistencies of material in manufacturing is the nemesis of quality and profit, whereas variation in color, grain, density, and outright defects gives the crafter the opportunity (or necessity) to exploit these differences and create pieces of uniqueness, hopefully uniquely suited to the task and the user. Material which might be rejected by a manufacturer can yield work of great beauty. Wood is one of the most challenging materials in this respect.
A: This is what I do. I make. Outside my personal relationships, making keeps me nourished, inspired, and passionate. In that respect, it is like art: make or die.
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