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Dorset Visual Arts,
Little Keep, Bridport Road,
Dorchester, Dorset

DT1 1SQ

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01305 853100

KAREN HANSEN

About Karen Hansen

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Working with green wood from its raw natural source allows me to use the inherent strength, flexibility and beauty of the living material. The fresh pliable material might be steam- bent into shape or converted and worked to near finished form for then to be dried most efficiently….I am inspired by nature and seek to emphasise the connections between people and our environment. This might relate to the use of local material to promote the survival of the woodland resource or build on particular site specific elements within a commission. "

An interest in wood and making began when playing in my father’s workshop and neighbouring wood yard. Skills and techniques developed from a practical engineer’s foundation-course and early years in carpentry – through joinery and conservation work to a MSc in Forest Product Technology and Design at Bournemouth University. A period of two years at Hooke Park allowed me to develop the basis for my present practice in furniture making and sculptural construction. I am fortunate to work near to home in a small self-built straw bale workshop where I make prototypes and work on smaller commissions. The larger outdoor and public installations are produced in a bigger barn workshop over the hill.

 

Working with green wood from its raw natural source allows me to use the inherent strength, flexibility and beauty of the living material. The fresh pliable material might be steam-bent into shape or converted and worked to near finished form for then to be dried most efficiently. Any wood waste is used to heat our self-built oak timber frame home.

I am inspired by nature and seek to emphasise the connections between people and our environment. This might relate to the use of local material to promote the survival of the woodland resource or build on particular site specific elements within a commission. Working with the given qualities of the material, I enjoy finding simple design solutions which allow the natural form to make each piece of furniture unique. Some work involves carving and lettering. The design ideas develop with emphasis on clear clean lines and comfortable function and somehow my Danish roots continue to influence both approach and result.

My projects vary from private commissions within personal spaces through to large scale research and development projects for public clients within civic, health and leisure facilities. Design and development will often involve in-depth consultation with client or community groups as well as facilitation of workshops and experimental processes on both social and practical levels.

I have in the last few years worked more in collaboration with other makers and enjoy the dialogue that sparks new ways of seeing and doing. I like the hands-on design and making process but will incorporate the latest technology where appropriate. As a maker you are influenced by the tools you have available and this in turn affects the design process.

I am a member of Contemporary Applied Arts, UK, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, the Danish Cabinetmakers Association and the Furniture Designer Makers Association.

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