My love of mobiles inspired a second pilgrimage to Elizabeth Parker‘s booth at The Hudson River Exchange [Hudson, NY]. Each of her posts this week will showcase not only the many self-evident appealing qualities of her creations, but will also delve into her fascinating ideas about the intersections and interdependence of objects, space and memory. Her work makes you re-think the everyday forms that you live with and the spaces in which you live. Parker’s work makes the mundane an opportunity for delight—just wait and see what she does with the shadows on an office wall or how she reinvents a window frame to complement a view. At Ideasmyth HQ, we found her work prompted great perception expansion and we welcome hearing about any of your own revelations that her posts may trigger for you.
~Victoria C. Rowan, Ideasmyth Creatrix-in-Chief
These stools are shaped from solid wood, treated like stone. The size and angle of their facets are determined by the tree; from early shaping with a chainsaw to planing and sanding the faces, I remove as little wood as possible from the log, just enough to get a flat surface. For me, this is a small meditation on the flatness often found in the built environment; the choice to make walls flat, the plethora of flat screens we carry with us, and so forth… these stools are a negotiation between that flatness and the particular curves of a tree, which was never interested in our ideals for the built environment. From every vantage they are different; I’ve had a few in my studio for two years and still couldn’t tell you what shape they are.
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~~~Elizabeth Parker is a designer researching the intersection of perception, the built environment, and memory as they combine to shape identity. Originally with a background in political risk analysis, she completed her MFA in interior design from Parsons The New School for Design, where she now teaches. Her writings cover issues from the politicization of wall surface to political risk in Gabon. In 2014, Elizabeth founded ParkerWorks, a multidisciplinary studio exploring moments of discovery, balance, and attachment through the creation of meticulously handmade objects, usually out of wood, brass, and concrete.
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