I have a set of wooden toys that I have been playing with more and more recently. For my last GIF, “January Stripes” I used some of the toy’s rainbow of stained blocks as color inspiration. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how cool it would be to see some the the wooden pieces moving on their own. So I pulled out some of the wood textures I used for my “Kokeshi” design, and built this small scene.
Something about the warmth of a wooden toy makes it more memorable than most of the plastic stuff from my childhood. Something about the tactile experience leaves a memory that’s just more… memorable. Perhaps that’s why I found myself returning to this toy for inspiration over and over. There was even a design I made a few years ago named “Decaballs” that was clearly inspired by these.
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Stunning and Functional Wooden Sculptures by Clive Roddy
UK-based artist Clive Roddy’s main focus as an artist is to create products, which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Mainly working with high-quality birch plywood, Roddy’s wooden sculptures are thoughtful designs for everyday needs.
Adorned with paint and smooth lines, which take a beautiful shape, the artist transforms what is supposed to be an ordinary object into a work of art. A functional doorstopper is a stunning wooden replica of Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa; whereas a simple pencil holder is a visual pun in the form of pencil shavings. Roddy’s contemporary and functional work is an expression of his love for design. He aims to produce an object, which brings joy and use.
Roddy can most likely be found in his workshop, where he is happiest, creating. You can find other objects in his Etsy shop.