Thursday, 23 March 2017

John Byam

John Byam (1929-2013) was many things in his life, including a railway worker and service man, but is often stated to be a grave digger in his own time though he carved and drew. John's primitive carving assemblages are fascinating and compelling, they are so human in their flimsy nature and their observation. John used a mix of sawdust and glue which often give his works a freshly made look and soft focus.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Francesca Mook Crisafulli

A wondrous chest dog by illustrator and designer Francesca Mook Crisafulli who makes beautiful poetic sculptures from discarded objects and materials.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Hanid Specialist Tools

Hanid Specialist tools is a small team manufacturing quality specialist wooden tools for craftspeople. Each tool is handmade and can be made to your specific needs. Haid Specialist tools is based in Lowestoft but you can also order online top to bottom Mallets, Bangle Mandril, Gravers and Iroko Mandrils.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Hélène Barrier

French textile artist Hélène Barrier has recently turned her attention upon furniture including a mattress Hélène has made these objects into unique art objects by hand embellishing them with embroidery. The mattress is over 100 hours of work, the chair is over 400 hours.
"Beyond recycling, the important basis of my work is to transform the object, to take it elsewhere, to other areas. The fabric keeps in mind the history of the object. Each piece is unique, and often made to order." Hélène Barrier

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Carmen Machado Textiles

Carmen Machado is using gathered nylon rope and fishing line and incorporating this into the new 'fabric' of her chairs. The result is a beautiful archiving of these treacherous plastics and removal of them from the marine environment.

“The use of many unregulated and invasive practices like trawling, long line fishing and seine nets, not only strip marine organisms of any chance of survival but harm non-target species as well. The actual netting, fishing line, traps and equipment have become another issue through improper discarding which ends up back in the ocean and continues to “ghost fish” and/or be ingested by marine animals and birds.” Carmen V Machado

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Gareth Neal with Zaha Hadid

In 2014 before her death, Architect Zaha Hadid and British Designer Gareth Neal collaborated to create two sculptural wooden vessels from oak, challenging the idea of 'the hand made' by using technological innovation and traditional woodworking skills and combining design disciplines of architecture and furniture design.
"I was keen to take advantage of the hadid studio’s advance computer modeling software, pushing the boundaries of digital tools. I was particularly interested in the idiosyncrasies of traditional hand processes such as a hand thrown pot, or a raised piece of silverware and how simulating these could be achieved through digital imitation. through using the traditional vessel form as a starting point and subverting its appearance to dramatic extremes, mimicking traditional carving technique i hope the pieces will embed the design with a sense of the handmade through the arm of a robot, questioning the viewer’s perceptions of craft and the handmade." Gareth Neal.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Avi Fedida

Sand paper is usually used by furniture makers to remove not to add material but designer Avi Fedida has turned this on its head with his collection Grit. Where sand paper is used as decoration and embedded in his finely crafted pieces.

"The inspiration for the “Grit” furniture series came from the love to materials that constantly develop a unique character of their own with the effect of time and wear. Designing my furnitures, I decided to use sand paper as the main component through intervening in the process of attrition, where the sand paper practically becomes a kind of canvas. The project introduces innovation in terms of materials and techniques that create texture by grinding a rich variety of wood on the paper. The sand paper is integrated within white oak constructions, which is built in fine craft carpentry and remained as exposed as possible". Avi Fedida