Beth Opiyo

This work seeks to fuse traditional and contemporary design. The artist draws her inspiration from traditional weaving techniques which involve playing, weaving, bending, layering, and twisting of the various materials with which she works. The weaving technique has existed for thousands of years and continues to remain relevant and still features in modern design.

The artist employs this technique and challenges herself by using a fragile and delicate material, wood veneer, to create varying shapes and forms through various weaving techniques. She pushes the limits of this traditional technique and incorporates modern processes such as lamination in order to achieve a contemporary look in her work.

Her craftsmanship is driven by weaving and laminating processes, which is represented in her work through which she seeks to accomplish a contemporary look. She specialises in the production of lighting products, which is made through the process of laminating wood veneer, particularly beech and walnut veneers because of their contrasting colours. She works with complex forms and transforms the veneers into simple and sleek shapes.

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