1st April 2021 7.00PM (BST)
Wood is a natural material, this is what attracts many of us to it in the first place. As a natural material it isn’t consistent and often has within it variations such as voids, bark inclusions and a whole range of other “inconsistencies” (including chainsaw cuts!!).
If I were to search for only “perfect” pieces of timber then frankly I’d never make anything as I would spend all of my time on a Unicorn hunt!
Part of the beauty of the things I make lies in the inclusion and celebration of so called “flaws”. It’s not an approach that I can claim as my own. I refer to this as “Kintsugi for Wood”.
The Japanese tradition of Kintsugi is something that I have been interested in for many years. You can read more about this fascinating subject on the Internet, this article on Wikipedia should get you started:
Over the years I have been developing my work I have put together a number of methods that I use to handle a range of “problems” that always seek to celebrate the “wabi-sabi” nature of this fabulous material.
I am looking forward to sharing these techniques with you at the upcoming IRD. We will explore how I use metal powder, metal leaf, epoxy and holographic particles to create unique works of art.