Kate Hodges 

My work

I create original, one off pieces of pyrography on seasoned locally sourced wood. Each piece of wood has its own individual properties so each image created is completely unique. The design comes about by following the markings and grain of the wood therefore working with the natural wishes of the wood. Often this may prove frustrating as some pieces will take longer than others to reveal their design.

The wood is predominantly locally sourced in East Anglia and seasoned making it ready to hang inside the home. Presently all my pieces of work are for the home and not outside in the garden as wood weathers and the pyrography fades with direct sunlight. 

Pyrography literally means "writing with fire" from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing). It is thought the art form may even date back to prehistory when designs would be created using the charred remains of fires. In China in the Han Dynasty pyrography was known as "Fire Needle Embroidery".

Whether you're looking for a small intimate piece or a larger wall sculpture please feel free to look through my portfolio for a sample of my work. If you have a piece of wood you would like worked on then I am also available for commissions.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Approach

I approach my work with a perspective that takes into account the shape, markings and grain of the individual piece of wood giving the work its own style. The wood is sourced from local timber merchants, wood workers, timber yards, the local countryside and local thrift shops, I re-purpose whatever wood I can find adding my own distinctive designs, recycling the plain and boring into exciting and unique pieces of work.

My style and techniques are broad and flexible, drawing on various cultural influences from Aboriginal, Maori, Celtic and classic English designs. Each piece is absolutely unique and there will never be another like it as the design is completely influenced by the nature of the wood. 

I enjoy imperfection and asymmetry, I love the ethos of the Islamic prayer mats that they are not perfect and have a flaw because life is not perfect. I am drawn to the Japanese aesthetic Wabi-sabi 'It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional...' (from the book Wabi-sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, by Leonard Koren)


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