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Alun Heslop Applied Art
Where trees grow, so does the spirit of the imagination. Where inspiration flows, light, life and energy radiate in abundance. We move through space and time, dynamic and fluid. Occasionally we may rest or pause, and perhaps sit down for a while.And there is the moment of contemplation. A moment to deliver a truly unique experience to sit and feel welcomed, comfortable, elevated and perhaps even astounded. I design & create sculptural chairs and seating where structural integrity, comfort and superior function are unified into a pure, sublime and streamlined aesthetic. From the tree to the final form with the warmth and tactile feel that only wood can give. A timeless elegance encapsulated within innovative works of wonder.
B A Hons. degree FINE ART. 1991 - 1994B TEC National Diploma SPATIAL DESIGn. 1988 - 1990 After graduating I became self-taught in the art of chair making primarily with the use of green wood working practice. Establishing myself as self employed artist/craftsman in 1996 and developing a further ongoing interest in seating ergonomics & chair design, creating ever more unique & time invested sculptural chair works.
Selected Commissions/collections:
The Lightbox gallery seating, Woking
Fiz, Centre piece chair, Golden Gate Hotel, San Francisco
Royal Horticultural Society seating project, Hyde Hall.
Royal Botanic Gardens seating installation, Wakehurst Place.
The Story Tellers chair, North Downs Way national trail.
Group Exhibitions:
Celebration of craftsmanship & design, Cheltenham 2006
Origin, London 2006
Once Upon a Time, Zurich 2004
Chairs & Landscapes, Zurich 2003
Artist's Statement:
What is a chair? Merely an object to sit within?The origin of a chair was always one of status. At first, a stool with a back for the respected & governing members of the community. We of course still carry this idea today - with the title of 'chairperson'. "In many ways I aim to put the status & magnificence back into the wooden chair. A centrepiece of distinction, even a throne perhaps. There are however, three main factors, which make a good seat. Not only should it be ergonomically proficient, it must perform the task of holding the sitter comfortably at the desired location. A chair should be visually stunning to behold, it is part of our life's furniture & fittings. A good chair must also endure the test of time, an innovative work of wonder, connecting lifelines through generations. "I aim to produce outstanding and unique chairs and seating whilst minimising the environmental impact of doing so. A grounding philosophy is working with the wood not against it, with sustainability in mind as a natural part of the process, such as using and understanding the material properties of locally sourced native hardwoods.
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