Category Archives: Wood

Willy Verginer

Willy Verginer is an Italian contemporary artist and sculptor who lives and works in Ortisei, Italy.  He attended the Art Institute of Ortisei, where he studied painting and after graduation, worked in various wood sculpture studios in Val Gardena. He creates figurative wood sculptures, drawing inspiration from the arresting nature surrounding him and the fragility of our environment. On an interview with City Code he says this about the affect of his work location:

“The area I live in is indeed very beautiful. In my work, I see two sources of influence that remind me of home. The first is wood, my raw material. In my area there is a long tradition of using wood in architecture as well as in artistic handicraft. I grew up in an area where there is a long tradition of wood carving. In 1700 there were already many artists and shops that created wonderful baroque artworks. In 1800, Val Gardena was the greatest centre of religious wood carving. That’s how I learned the art of carving wood in my valley. The second source of influence is the environmental issue. Living in an area where the beauty of nature is really dominant, it was obvious that one of my themes would be overexploitation and destruction of nature. Had I lived in a big city, my expression would have definitely been much different.”

More of his work can be viewed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Willy Verginer.

Shiratani Kobo

Been looking at hearts for the upcoming holiday and found these in one of Japan’s lifestyle blog.  The brand, Shiratani Kobo, makes their products using recycled scrap wood from dismantled houses and construction sites. They create household goods, stationery, accessories and furniture.   Each piece is carefully handmade with carpenter’s designs and techniques that have been passed down for hundreds of years. The name of the workshop comes from the place name of Shirotani village where their workshop is located.  

More of their work can be viewed on their website, Facebook and Instagram.  They sell their work in the Japanese handmade market sites, Iichi and Minne.

Images:  Courtesy of Shiratani Kobo (aka Shiroitani Koubou).

Michael Pickl

Michael Pickl’s education consist of state vocational school for wood sculpturing as well as sculpting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg.  After ten years of education in Germany he has developed a bond between man and the material of wood through art.  He creates sculptures of plain contemporary men and women, as we can see daily on the streets, presenting them in moments of relaxation and happiness. His work is not detail oriented but each of his sculptures bears a different, yet always powerful emotion.  The artist lives and works in Upper Palatinate, Germany.

More of his work can be seen on his website and is represented by Galerie-Hegemann, Germany.

Images:  Courtesy of Michael Pickl.

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