A new collection of one-off sculptures, furniture and objects in a breadth of non-formal shapes and colours.
“I felt like a change was needed… I realised I had lost my originality and needed to go back to being playful again.”
Fired by a desire to return to the experimental roots of her working practice and to break the shackles of designing product typologies only suitable for small batch production, Donna Wilson laid out a blank sheet of paper and picked up a paintbrush.
Lovingly made by hand in several different kinds of wood, then slowly painted by brush, each piece in Abstract Assembly features a unique colour palette designed by Donna Wilson. Each piece is made with a set composition of shapes, held together using a blend of butterfly joints and other traditional woodworking technique.
"I started getting into more abstract shapes and started to draw some of those in water colours. I decided to interpret them by trying out a new medium, so I picked up some wooden blocks and did a lot of development making shapes and sculptures.”
Donna Wilson, whose knowledge and expertise is so deeply steeped in textile design, has approached working with wood in an almost two-dimensional way, asking this natural material to bend and flow in unexpected ways. The result is a curious collection of pieces that are both visually arresting and quietly composed.
As with much of her work, Donna’s palette and sensibility is strongly influenced by the natural world; from the pouring rain of her native Aberdeenshire to the deep hues of the North Sea, there is always something of the elements in her creative output.
Abstract Assembly is a collection that has allowed her to slow down and get more physically involved with the creation of her work again. Each piece takes time, the sanding, re-sanding, painting, gluing, all make for a meditative working process.
"To be creative you need some space."
It’s a collection of work that celebrates a sideways approach to both material and furniture typologies. Irreverent and playful, the pieces present new direction and energy from a creative practitioner in the bloom of a new era. Abstract Assembly is available exclusively at SCP in the UK.
Listen to Donna Wilson sharing the story of how Abstract Assembly came into being on our IGTV.