Hi, I’m Rupert, and I’ve started this blog as a visual record of the new projects and concepts I’ve been working on. I hope that, if you find something of interest in these posts, you will leave a comment, and make this a forum for the exchange of ideas about contemporary design. Should you need to contact me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I grew up immersed in the abundant nature of the New Forest in southern England. From an early age I was encouraged to explore the skills and art of working with wood by several remarkable and inspiring teachers. From those tentative beginnings I gradually gained the experience and confidence to tackle a range of substantial projects on my own, each one seemingly more challenging and thought provoking than the last.
Over the past decade or so I’ve also been fortunate enough to travel widely throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand, meeting fascinating people along the way, and developing an appreciation for diverse cultures and traditions. My journeys often tended to involve me in interesting employment opportunities; from building eco-huts on a Malaysian beach, to a season with a mobile sawmill in New Zealand, where I became intimately acquainted with many wondrous native timbers, including Totara, mainstay of Maori boat building and carving.
By 2010 I felt I needed to add more depth and focus to my work, and decided I would benefit from the more formal discipline of a degree. I embarked upon a BA in ‘Design and Visual Art/Contemporary Craft’ at Unitec, Auckland. Several of the projects described in this blog stem originally from college coursework assignments, but each in its own way has guided me in a new direction and hopefully created a lasting influence.
I believe that art and contemporary design are evolutionary processes. I’m interested in examining the blurred lines between function and form, exploring the common ground between “art”, as in sculpture, and “utility”, as in for example, an article of furniture. I think that a good sculpture should impart meaning both to its viewers and to its location, and therefore it has its own inherent purpose.
My prime material is of course wood – I’ve worked with it my whole life; from the soft aromatic Cedar of Lebanon of my early years, to the exotic iron-hard timbers of New Zealand. I work with reclaimed wood, partly because its physical properties and patina can be ideal for a durable outdoor piece, but also because it seems somehow wonderful to bestow new life to a material that has already acquired associations of meaning throughout its history.
All of my work featured here on this blog is available for sale or display. You can contact me via email: email@example.com