Leon Patchett is a graduate of Central / St Martins College of Art & Design where he completed a B.A.Hons Degree in Ceramics in 1990. He has been a practicing artist for the past decade and now works out of The Stables Studios in Cromarty, a small peninsular town north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. This beautiful and dramatic region of Scotland has inspired a new direction in his work. A simple walk on the beach presented a readily available free material to begin a new approach in the new studio.
Collecting wood from coastal and inland beaches is a regular activity. Winter storms present the best time to build up larger stocks of wood as the strong winds drive all sorts of material to specific locations. Despite its seemingly random nature there was so much wood that it was possible to categorise bundles of type reflecting diameter, curve, texture, length and colour. Wood is continually being assessed during the collection process in the hope that new material will be useful for ongoing work and also inspire ideas for new projects.
“Its a process of assessing what wood is available at the time and what can be made from it rather than finding pieces to fit an specific idea.
The process and finished work is directly related to the environment. Wood that I find in the landscape is the starting point that gives the parameters to inspire ideas. Over the last decade this process has developed to a point where almost all wood has some value.”
The first instinct was to use these random bits of wood to make wall hangings based around the breastplate designs of Native Americans. From this I began to clean and refine the wood to make a more unified, contemporary piece of work.(Wall Hanging Series ie. Driftwood III).
It is no coincidence that ideas became more involved as I became more confident in using the material.
Moving the work into 3 dimensions (Heart) was a natural step which brought the necessity to expand my technical skills to splice larger sections together to make frames that could then be added to.
The ideas are basically abstract with no particular narrative leaving the viewer to make their own interpretation of what story the work inspires.”
All dimensions are approximate and show the overall width x height, including frame.
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