Ross Annels 1-day Masterclass

Design Meets Sculpture: Techniques for Designing and Making Sculptural Furniture

Sunday 11th August

About the Masterclass

So… now you can cut a beautiful dovetail, put a frame together with mortise and tenon joinery and make well-crafted rectilinear forms. But maybe there is more? Perhaps furniture can be more, maybe fluid and biomorphic forms, maybe our furniture can even carry a narrative – even tell stories and work with sound..

Join Ross Annels for this one-day Design Meets Sculpture Masterclass and explore the expressive side of design for furniture making. This class is an introduction to a range of advanced techniques for creating and joining furniture elements in a sculptural way. You will sketch, dream, talk, model, and examine techniques including stack-lamination, power carving, steam and laminated bending, coopering, turning, unorthodox joinery, burning and painting to achieve sculptural forms that also serve a functional purpose.

You will then work collaboratively to design and begin building a small table or a seating form, providing the maximum opportunity to explore a range of approaches. You won’t take home a finished widget – but you will leave with new ideas and vision, and alternative ways to work with wood and create furniture.

Ross Annels is a studio artist and furniture maker who works from the Cooroora Institute in the Noosa Hinterland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Sometimes Ross imagines himself as the rainforest dwelling lovechild of an English-perfectionist-school furniture maker, and a crazed modernist sculptor. He is best known as a designer/maker of furniture although his practice encompasses wood art, public sculpture, printmaking, photography and metals. Ross’ work explores themes of ecology, eco-regionalism and landscape memoir. Birdsong becomes furniture, wood grain becomes block-prints, leaves become copper sculptures – the politics of humanity rewoven into the ecology of the earth.

The intent of this Design Meets Sculpture Masterclass is to equip participants with techniques for creating and joining furniture elements in a sculptural way. This course is perfect for anyone wishing to explore their own alternative directions in design, furniture making and sculpture. This class is intended for moderate to advanced woodworkers – only 14 places available so purchase your ticket today.

Your ticket includes:

  • All basic equipment and materials required to complete the course
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the day
  • Entry to both days of the Wood Dust Timber & Tool Marketplace

The Design Meets Sculpture Masterclass with Ross Annels will be held at FAB9, 90 Maribyrnong Street Footscray, Melbourne on Sunday the 11th of August 2019.

Included in your ticket price is entry to both days of the Wood Dust Timber and Tool marketplace.This event is held in areas adjacent to the FAB9 workshops.

All meals, materials and basic equipment are supplied, and participants are provided with a recommended tools list covering the more specific tools required. Each day starts at 9.00am sharp and concludes at 5.00pm. Morning and afternoon tea served at 11.00am and 3.00pm respectively. Lunch served at 1.00pm for 45 minutes. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

Students to wear sturdy clothing, covered shoes and bring their own personal eye and hearing protection equipment. Please arrive 30 minutes early on Sunday the 11th for registration and induction.

Once you purchase your 1-day Masterclass ticket you will receive within 24 hours an email from our sales department confirming your purchase. Before the class commences, you will also receive a 1 Day Masterclass manual which sets out all the background information on the Masterclass covering transport options and parking, equipment and PPE, safety and contacts.

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