A number of years ago we wrote an article about designing and making of our extraordinary Lounge Chair No. 3. Our intent was to encourage other makers to push their design ideas further. I am pleased to have received my copy here in Ireland.
I am pleased to announce the recognition of Lounge Chair No. 3 from an international jury of fine craft experts. The Arts and Crafts Design Award in an on-line competition with entries from some 40 different countries. Browsing the entries for 2016 is a feast of finely made items from masters of craft. It is a great honor to be chosen from among them as a recipient of the Jury’s Joker Prize. In a pack of cards, the Joker is the card of opportunity. We see this award as a stepping stone to greater opportunities in the future.
I acknowledge the Canada Council for the Arts for their support. Last year, the Council invested 153 million dollars to bring the arts into the lives of Canadians everywhere.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
As noted on my home page I am happy to echo this announcement made on July 12, 2016. It is a great honor to be named along with the other astounding finalists. Lounge Chair No. 2 is the nominated piece. I appreciated the eloquent description on the Masterworks website:
“Lounge Chair No. 2 (2015) is composed of black walnut and white ash, with strikingly fluid legs-to-seat joinery. As a handmade object the chair demonstrates breathtaking technical skill. Its form is sculpturally conceived—a masterful example of fine craft and design. The chair’s design is visibly rooted in Nova Scotian forms, and encompasses multiple strands of design history in one work. The resulting singularity sums up its impact.”
Lounge Chair No. 2 is on display at the Fraser Cultural Center in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia until the end of July.