Two sides completed in the wood carving project – the block is a 75mm cube of limewood and has been carved with a mixture of hand tools and power tools. It is still a bit rough but getting there.
Initial sketch made of a ‘Green Man’ (also known as ‘Jack ‘o’ Lantern’) probably to be used on a carved wood structure to house tealights. The design uses elements from sketches I made of wooden stumps, swirls and patterns from ancient stone carvings and some traditional carved stones found on many old churches.
Continuing the theme of boxes showing letters and words, I have been trying to ‘soften’ up the font to be more appropriate for the word definitions. Words such as ‘joyful’ and ‘gentleness’ need to be less geometric in their design. However, a box with the letters cut out isn’t robust enough so I have decided to mock up a box with the letters ‘carved’ into the faces. This will be developed using wooden blocks and letters standing proud from the background.
I have always been fascinated by contrasts and anomalies: a hippie who pulls off high-end business deals; a heavy metal kid that likes folk music; poppies at the side of the motorway; boundaries that are clearly not recognised. My artistic endeavours attempt to explore such anomalies, be it in music or the visual arts. My current journey sees me taking the theme of “Statistics” and trying to soften a cold, hard concept: putting geometric shapes and patterns into an incongruous, natural setting, making something beautiful and calming from elements concerned only with mathematics and data, bringing together ancient themes and modern environments. Nature always wins…
Grooveware is the creative moniker under which I am currently working, producing both 2D and 3D artwork as well as music in a variety of genres. I work from a studio based at the ‘Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance’ space in Rotherham town centre.