Bark was inspired by the dark exterior and light interior of tree leaves. Inspired by the glow of leaves and sunlight I set out to create a light that expressed this relationship. I used dyed oak and cherry veneer to mimic the relationship between the top and bottom of leaves. The veneers were combined using bent wood lamination, and then cut into organic shapes. These forms reflect the uniqueness of each leaf.
Creating Bark involved experimenting with form. To do this I drew on the process of bent wood lamination. This allowed for quick creation of multiples, and gave me plenty of material to experiment with through machine and hand shaping techniques. To laminate the sections I cut strips of veneer to size, glued them up, and pressed them in a custom jig. Each lamination was hand scraped, cut on the band-saw, and finished by hand to create unique organic forms.
Bark opens to allow the owner to experiment and augment the luminescence of the cherry and oak veneer. The process of creating Bark allowed me to experiment with open ended methods for form creation, and to reflect on the relationship between light and material.