Bent Out of Shape: Site-Specific Installations with Curved Wood
August 8 - 13, 2021
Phoebe Kuo · phoebekuo.com
Workshop at a glance
Explore the woodworking technique of coopering and make your (temporary) mark on Arrowmont’s campus in a creative and supportive workshop setting.
- Basic woodworking skills and applications
- Steam bending and coopering
- Incorporating woodwork into site-specific sculpture
- Pine board and dry oak
- Coopering and steam bending tools
- Architecture on campus
- Strategies for site-specific installation
- Creating small scale sculptures with bent wood
Phoebe Kuo is a woodworker and craft researcher based in Evanston, Illinois. She studied Design at Stanford University and Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Fine Woodworking at The Krenov School in California. Her past awards include Haystack Open Studio Residency, ACRE Residency, and a research grant from the Center for Craft. Kuo’s work has been shown at Haystack, Arrowmont, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and FLXST Contemporary in Chicago.
In a creative and supportive workshop setting, we will adapt coopering—a technique traditionally used in barrel making—to construct curved works in solid wood! Part skills-building course and part design charrette, this class lets students explore coopering, practice prototyping methods and group critique, and ultimately produce their own individual small-scale sculpture that interacts with the architecture of Arrowmont’s campus. We will draw inspiration from contemporary artists who employ a variety strategies, from critical to playful, to create site-specific installations. The week will culminate in a walkaround exhibition to view everyone’s work in the wild! All levels welcome.
COURSE FEE: $675 · materials list
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