Sunday, 11 October 2015

WOODWORKING CRAFT

Photography: Marnie Hawson

ERIN MALLOY

Handcrafting utilitarian woodwares from recycled timbers
woodworker Erin Malloy adds her own individuality to her craft


Tell us a bit about your business?
I create simple and understated utilitarian woodwares out of recycled timbers in my home studio using traditional woodworking techniques and tools, allowing me to create pieces that maintain a sense of individuality and personality.

Tell us about yourself and your background?
I studied Visual Communication Design (Hons) and worked for a time as a graphic designer/project manager in a design studio shortly after.

What sparked you to create your business?
I picked up woodwork as a side-hobby and after looking at a computer screen 5-9, 7 days a week, I relished in making functional objects with my hands (even if I get bruises and scratches from time to time). Majority of my tools, I inherited from my grandfather who was a carpenter, so it seemed like a natural progression.




What processes are involved in creating your pieces?
Depending on the object, I would first slab then carve the wood, cut out with a bandsaw then keep carving, sanding and shaping by hand until I am satisfied with the finish. I’ve also just recently dusted off my fathers old table-top lathe which I am really enjoying using.

What inspires you in your designs?
Just simple objects designed and made beautifully. The perfection of imperfection, but more importantly, the grain and characteristics of each individual piece of wood. For example, if there is a knot in the base of a handle, It changes the shape of the object because you can’t carve any further.

What do you love the most about having your own label?
The freedom and flexibility that each project provides, and judging/allocating the time and attention into each object where I feel it’s necessary.

Photography: Marnie Hawson

Who are some of your favourite designers/creatives?
Katia Carletti, Pop & Scott, Marnie Hawson, Bridget Bodenham.

What is your favourite item in your store right now and why?
(It isn’t currently, but will be in the next day or so!) A collaboration with Katia Carletti of spoons, where I have attached wooden handles to her ceramic spoon heads.

What has been your biggest highlight?
Being featured on the Design Files and taking part in the Domestic Frontier pop-up shop event with fabulous local creative makers.

What are your plans for the future?
Continuing to work with others in collaboration, more shop updates and quite possibly incorporating more design/influences into my work.
 

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