My mission within this current revival of the Arts & Crafts movement is to provide a new lifestyle of forms related to the Arts & Crafts “mission” style of the past but not a reproduction of that past. My goal is to keep furniture design alive and exciting. Furniture design should change with the needs of the customer and always expand all levels of appreciation.
These new forms are inspired by all of those past artisans, during the Art Nouveau period at the turn of the 20th century, who sought beauty by hand making an object. This designer orchestrates their artistic details into works of art, creating a unique furnishing that will compliment a collection of Arts & Crafts antiques or even stand by itself as a representation of the Arts & Crafts movement. Which is, still to this day, to be in touch with the natural world and its simple pleasures.
By arranging a few representative details of the Arts & Crafts movement, begins the process for developing this designers’ furniture designs. Some representative details are like Gustav Stickley’s chair splats, – (functional repetitive uniform vertical strips of wood), like Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s many subtle arches in the entrance to the Glasgow School of Art, like Greene & Greene’s softening of horizontal lines with a cloud lift, and like Frank Lloyd Wright’s ornamentation derived by nature. This natural ornamentation can be seen in a derivation of a wall, plaza and building hand by placing surrounding rocks into concrete making a wall and plaza and building look as if it is shaped out of the surrounding geography.
Someday these evolved designs may appear very different from their origin but yet by representative details become historically related. Therefore, it is paramount to evolve the Arts & Crafts vocabulary of details within its philosophy. This promotes purity of craftsmanship, harmony in designed interiors and honesty to materials. These evolved shapes, colors, textures, uses and organic connections to nature with personal revelations will produce a unique form of beauty that reflects its origin and continues to embrace life and the things that matter.
By being attuned and open to recognize art at anytime anywhere, anyone can become an active participant in this evolution of design and a controlling force in its direction. Confidence in choosing art will evolve Arts & Crafts to long lasting standards that this revival has sought to emulate. Every Arts & Crafts enthusiast should always find art in craft and feel inspired, because every time we see that art it will encourage us to focus on making the decisions that coincide with our ideals.
Art is always subjective. A true artist becomes overwhelmed by inspiration then takes the risk of putting him or her self into every work. Those heartfelt convictions of beauty, talent, inspirations and goals are exposed at risk to be rejected, to be condemned, to be a failure. An artist has no guarantee the next work will be acceptable just because the last one was. Only confidence can become that guarantee, confidence in ideals. And still, exposing one’s confidence is a high risk to loose. A potentially valuable artwork can be lost if rejected. An artist can be lost if failed. And an ideal can be (forgotten) lost if not accepted. But choosing art can inspire confidence in experiencing a personal revelation that connects the past with the reason to be alive. Thus is the movement of the evolutionary process.
After all these twenty eight years of making, this furniture artist has not designed interest away from Arts & Crafts but desires to be creative within its many parameters [philosophical, economical, simplicity, nature, etc.] and continually desires to make Arts & Crafts move in excitement. This furniture maker is opposed to mere design changes for no reason or direction and desires to move Arts & Crafts designs toward continuing a sustaining life form. This is evolution.