This craft truly makes me happy. There is something very special about working with wood – the smell, the sound, the feel, the unique look of each piece… When I make a pattern I let the wood lead the way and tell me what to create.
I only use recycled wood as I strongly oppose of our ways of discarding perfectly good material because we only want things new. I also live in the woods so I see first-hand what deforestation does to our forests.
Besides, old wood tells us a story. The story’s in the lines, the colour, and in the marks after old nails. I don’t know about you but I love me a good story!
Because I only use recycled material the process of making these is quite long and tricky. Going to a shop and buying wood off a shelf is not an option so first I have to scout for material. I find it mostly on the dump where I go through all the wood that others have thrown away, sometimes I even find material thrown away in the woods.
When I’ve taken my newfound wood home I need to prepare it to be worked with, this includes removing old nails, cleaning and sandpapering. If the wood is wet it needs to dry out for a week or two. THEN I can start building!
It may be a long, and sometimes complicated, process but seeing the final result and knowing that I’m making something nice out of discarded wood makes it all worth it.
These can be made into anything really – into tables like the bottom one, as a bedframe, a bench, floor, for a cupboard, or hang on a wall.
I make jewellery, mostly just necklaces, with raw crystals, leather and metal.
The crystals are all handpicked from London shops which only sells ethically sourced stones. The pieces of leather I use are scrap pieces (leftovers from other people’s projects) which otherwise would have been thrown away.
See the entire collection for sale on Etsy.
I have always wanted one of these mirrors so I finally decided to make one myself. I’m thrilled with the result and will definately keep making more.
This is something I tried for fun as I got loads of pictures I want to hang at home but not enough frames. This is also a craft I will keep exploring.
The wood I use is the same recycled wood I use for the wood art.
This is something dear to my heart and the artwork I’ve been doing the longest. I started in a shed in a London garden and painted on anything I could get my hands on – canvases from the shop or things I found on the street.
I use all types of paint: spray, acrylic, oil, masonry, ink… Mixing different types of paint on the same canvas creates interesting results.