Profile of Janice Smith

My father was a Navy pilot. I found the mechanical environment of aircraft carriers exciting. Today I enjoy the machines a wood shop provides for creativity and construction. I think the homey feeling I get in my shop goes back in part to those great Navy ships and planes. I always liked drawing and art but didn’t think of woodworking until “Shop for Girls” was offered for the fist time in high school. I loved it and still feel psyched turning ideas into realit. I especially enjoy creating a sense of movement in my designs and playing with balance and asymmetry. Navy life also meant moving a lot. I found it hard work making new friends and spent many hours alone outdoors in nature. The use of curves in my work is inspired especially by my love of insects. Creating curves involves labor intensive carving and bending. I tried working with straight lines however, straight lines quickly evolved into acute angles and folds. My work remains labor intensive, but it’s a labor of love. Designing and producing unique objects lets me contribute to a human environment that reflects the exuberance of nature. The hands-on building of furniture one piece at a time is extravagant in a time when utility and economy are highly valued. I require my furniture to be functional, well crafted and comfortable but love the fact that furniture is sculptural as well as useful.

Cathy Lynn and Otto

Cathy Lynn and Otto

Origami couch front

Origami couch front