Monday, 17 September 2018

Juliette Binet

Veneer mirror frames from French illustrator and designer Juliette Binet, it is good to see a new approach to this maligned craft.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Aida Yuchiro

Beautiful toy house frontages carved by Aida Yuchiro who also creates jewellery and implements such as plates and spoons.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Angela Cockayne

Angela Cockayne creates sculptures using found objects often feathers, skeletons, found waste from the natural world. In these two sculptures she has used porcupine quills which porcupines shed and the quills of a roadkill hedgehog. Having once suggested to students that porcupine quills would be an interesting feature if inserted into wood for furniture. Unfortunately no-one ever took me up on this challenge so it was lovely to see artist Angela Cockayne using these materials in a creative way.

"‘Hedge Log’ and ‘Porc u Pine’. Logs bored by worm with Montana roadkill quills and hedgehog spines. The #sixthmassextinction has begun due to our anthropogenic dominion. Animal populations across the planet have decreased by 80% since 1900." Angela Cockayne

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Ariele Alasko III

Ariele Alasko is a full-time sculptor and woodworker.who graduated in 2009 from the Pratt institute in Brooklyn, New York with a BFA in sculpture. She started working with wood and building furniture for her own apartment shortly after she graduated in 2009, and this hobby swiftly grew into a full time job. She lived and worked in Brooklyn for eleven years and now lives on the west coast. Above is her hand carved mapel mobile 30 x 36 inches and below a new 5 foot mobile.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Naqsh Collective

Today I was able to view the 5th Jameel Prize at the V&A in London. The Jameel Prize is a biennial award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic art. Part of the display was a wooden and brass shawl created by the Naqsh Collective who are sisters: architect Nisreen Abudail and graphic designer Nermeen Abudail. They have been exploring using embroidery design in woodwork, and preserving ancient traditions of Palestinian needlework in sculpture. This work is the culmination of five years intensive research and study which is now embedded in laser cut timber and brass to create a sculptural shawl.

That shawl . . . which was once swaying on her shoulderBrought warmth to her childThe same shawl she used to collect the olives from the trees of her land,That shawl . . . here are the remains of it . . . shawl.

Friday, 24 August 2018

London Green Wood

Yesterday I was exploring Abney Gardens, one of seven cemetery gardens of London, aa amazingly wild space full of stunning decay and amazing headstones and memorial sculptures. Tucked away at one of the gates, I heard familiar sounds of hand woodworking and found people enjoying a day of making, London Green Wood opens this sanctuary on Thursdays for people who have completed the introductory course to come and create from timber gleaned from the cemetery whatever they would like. It is a welcoming space full of people skilled and enthusiastic about green wood craft, they offer regular courses in turning and whitling.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Bogda Smal

Bogdan Smal using charred wood and iron nails has been exploring ideas about rocks and stones. In doing so he has created these stunning visually dynamic textural pieces.
Is the stone absolutely motionless? Does it remember seething by lava, hot and alive?