Wood: growth patterns
Jayne Armstrong works primarily in fresh, green oak to explore the sculptural and aesthetic
possibilities of a material that moves and changes shape as it dries.
Working in a responsive, dialogical relationship with the wood, each piece starts life on a wood turning lathe where it is turned to no more than a few millimeters thick before being left to dry naturally.
Once dry, Jayne bleaches, stains, burns, embellishes, oils and waxes each piece to create work that is as light as a feather and soft to the touch.
Importantly for Jayne, the wood is sourced locally. Much of the oak will come from her own garden in France which she cuts and chainsaws herself -other sources are friends, neighbours and the local arboriculteur. Worked in this way, each piece of oak has a story rooted in time and place.
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