December 17, 2012
rough sketch: sean woolsey
happy monday friends!
i'm super excited about today's artist - sean woolsey - whom i had the pleasure of meeting through a mutual friend a couple of years ago. i pretty much became an instant fan when i saw his work, ranging from amazing lighting fixtures + furniture to fine art pieces... all of which can be found in his shop. :)
i'm so glad sean took the time to give us a peek into his craft, because i am already feeling inspired + challenged by his interview.
thanks again sean! :)
q. // when did you start building/painting/etc. + what prompted you to start?
[ a. ] I have always done art and had an innate desire to make things by my hands whether it be fine art, furniture, or lighting.
The art that I do now is all on sheet metal that is built into a canvas, then I use all different paints, patinas, and acids and leave some out int he sun/rain to be exposed to the natural elements as well. It is very organic and experimental how each one forms, and how they come out. I then seal them with epoxy resin, and lastly frame them with black walnut. As for my woodworking, I got into it about 2 years ago, originally intending on just making a simple desk. One thing led to the next, passion ensued and I could not get enough of it. Now I make everything from cutting boards to chairs to dining tables.
q. // what inspires you + where do you find it?
[ a. ] Nature. God. Tea. The detail in a leaf. The kindness of a random stranger. M83. Caffeine. Late nights in the shop. Friends. Traveling. Reading. Arcane methods of working. Making things by hand. My wife. Surfing. Rauschenberg.
There are so many things that inspire me on a daily basis, most of them not sought after, they just happen. Inspiration for me is an all changing, ever-growing, never-ending list of the things that I simply encounter in life.
q. // when you're not working on a new piece of art, what's your favorite thing to do?
[ a. ] Traveling, surfing, tennis, BBQing, sailing, reading by the fire, getting lost. These are my favorites, and where you will most likely find me if not in my studio.
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i have a penchant for the longer route, the mysterious story, and the arcane way.