My work is driven by a personal sensitivity to materials, an experimental outlook and a strong belief in the importance of ‘craft’ to the contemporary practice of art and design. I often focus on the possibilities already present in the materials I handle, allowing the specific feel, shape, grain patterns, textures and colours of a piece of wood to ‘auto-generate’ my design ideas. Alongside free-hand drawing, I describe the core of my recent creative output as ‘functional kinetic sculpture’. Working primarily with locally sourced wood species, I construct objects that operate and actively engage their audience or user in a variety of ways. Serving double functions such as lamp and wall sculpture, my works change appearance through movement and, by extension, affect change in the environments around them. Drawing underpins my three dimensional work and explores directions on its own, acting as both a research tool and platform for visionary experimentation.
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