Seeking for Curves: bending wood – W0708-19

Date: Jul 15 - 19, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Yuri Kobayashi

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $150
Registration Fee: $45

Concept:

Transform a straight line to a curved line, focusing on bending techniques to explore creativity and expand design potential. Students experiment directly with the material to stimulate and lead ideas. Workshop participants steam or cold-bend wood to achieve unique organic lines and forms; the possibilities are infinite. The result may not be a finished object. Instead, there will be a collection of pieces for future projects that may be a home accessory, a component for furniture or pure sculpture. A goal of this workshop is to learn basic bending techniques and how to play with them.

Media & Techniques:

Students use primary bending techniques and work with small-dimensioned wood, pressurized wood and Ash splint. They explore how bending and twisting form curved lines. Form and mold-making and drying methods will also be introduced.

Activities:

The spirit of the workshop is “to play with the material.” Throughout the workshop, lectures and demonstrations take place and plenty of hands-on work time is provided to participants.

Faculty:

Born and trained in woodworking in Japan, Yuri Kobayashi is a sculptor and furniture maker whose work demonstrates a crossing over the field of craft, art and design. While maintaining her studio practice, Yuri serves as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design.

www.yurikobayashi.com

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