What’s the difference between a craftsperson, designer and artist? For some creators out there, the differences are stark and sure, for others, blending the line between all those titles is a fluid and ever-changing process. We do know that we’ll be trying to feature craftspeople that value handmade items, that treasure simple and exciting materials and yes, who blur that line between job descriptions.
Today we bring you Adrian Swinstead. And just glancing at a few of his pieces you can see that he blurs that line between craftsperson and artist. Besides being hauntingly beautiful, his benches, tables, cabinets, bowls and wall hangings are obvious feats of amazing skill. They often showcase the rough, natural elements to the materials, but in the most refined and elegant way we’ve ever seen. Mix those natural elements with more streamlined, modern materials, and you have gorgeous pieces that really make a statement.
What makes Adrian’s work so unique (other than its supernatural beauty) is the use of specialized seasoned timber (that can take up to three to four years to season), and other unique materials, like something called ancient “Bog Oak,” a material that dates back to 8,000 years ago. Having worked with wood and building for over 25 years, Adrian draws on his experience to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are both functional and sculptural, and almost like a functional piece of history.
Images taken from Adrian Swinstead’s website.