Wednesday Inspiration

January 30, 2013 § 1 Comment

It’s Wednesday, readers! Time for your weekly dose of inspiration!
Check out artist Michelle Holzapfel’s stunning carved wooden (that’s right, it’s wood!) knitting still life!
Her work begins with a hunk of native hardwood burl, harvested from local sources. Burls are caused by a virus which causes bulging growths on the host tree – more analogous to a wart than a cancer. Sanding reveals the extravagant swirling patterns of burlwood. She uses many wood-carving technologies – bandsaw and chainsaw, heavy and light duty air powered grinders, as well as hand tools.
734875_381047428657236_1479072401_nShe says, “I use the materials, tools and techniques of woodworking to render images from daily life: textile, plant, animal and human forms. This vocabulary emphasizes the tactile possibilities of wood: from smoothly pleated forms and carved basketweave motifs to corduroy-textured surfaces.Through these efforts, I honor the spirit of my artisan ancestry and the quiet heroism of daily life while contributing to the changing forms of human culture.

Violence has been a central impetus in my work for many years: the violence I do to the wood, the physical wear-and-tear to my joints and muscles, the wresting of attention from the viewer, and the relentless brutality of our commercial age. But when these forces are momentarily focused….and skill serves intention….a small, temporary truce may be won—at a cost.”

Check out more of her work at Applewoods here.

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