Functional art is Hot! And so is this Carved Branch Cabinet by Teresa Audet. William Morris’ famous quote really sums it up:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris
Who are you?
Teresa Audet. I am a recent graduate (this past May) of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where I received my BFA in Furniture Design.
Where are you?
I am currently living in Minneapolis, but soon plan to attend graduate school outside of the midwest! I have been studying Japanese history and culture, and this series of carved branch cabinets are a reflection of my studies. The carved form inside the cabinet is modeled after the structures of Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement.
Why do you hand make your products?
I hand make my products simply because I enjoy doing so. I love the honesty that is shown in my work, and I like knowing how much work was put into each piece, even if no one will ever know. In each piece I make I try to do as much as possible by hand, using traditional furniture processes and techniques. Although there are many machine process now that achieve the same result, I enjoy doing things by hand.
How long did it take to make?
This cabinet that you have shown, as well as the two other cabinets in the series took about 4 months to design and create, or about 150 building hours.
What dreams do you have for your products?
My dream for my furniture is to have it displayed in fine art galleries throughout the country.
Where would you like to see them?
I want to bring the beauty that I have found in Eastern objects to my work, and share that beauty with other people. For this reason I also want my work to be in the homes of everyday people, bringing beauty into people’s lives.
We are sure that will happen for you Teresa! Good luck…
Tamra & Gwyn