Chelsea Lemon is a Canberra based designer and maker who works with timber. Many of her pieces include foliage and plant themes, mixed with interactivity and the decorative woodworking technique 'parquetry'. She’s no stranger to the crew at Thor’s Hammer or Canberra’s design community, but we thought we’d get to know her a little better.
What are you most proud of making?
I would have to say the Taglietti Trays I made last year for the 'The Void' exhibition at Craft ACT. The exhibition celebrated the architectural work of the late Enrico Taglietti, and it was such a privilege to be involved and further expand my knowledge of Taglietti's work. The project also challenged me to think differently and has actually opened up a new door and direction for me within my work.
Rustic oR clean dressed (timber, of course)?
Clean dressed - I mainly create veneer from timber, so often need a flat surface to work with. But in saying that, it is usually the rough recycled timber that forms the most amazing gnarly grains when it has been clean dressed.
If you had to work with just one timber…
Blackbutt - the squiggly texture in the grain is my favourite feature when planning out veneer work. But man it can be temperamental!
Downtime is best spend…
Being outside tending to my plants with the often unhelpful assistance of my dogs Rosie & Daisy. I may even duck down to Cool Country Natives for some plant retail.
Your secret source of inspiration?
Plants, in particular native plants - but this probably isnt a secret for anyone who knows me! Ive planted over 60 different native Australian & South African species in my front garden, and this has formed alot of my inspiration for my work. I check them most days to watch out for new growth and changes in formation which could spark ideas for my work.
What do you love most about your job?
Job!? The best thing about my job is that it is not a job. Im just doing what I enjoy and it keeps my mind bustling with ideas. It is a cool thing to see people fall in love with the work you make, and if they purchase it to take home, you know that it will be cared for and appreciated.
Say g’day to Chelsea and check out more of her work on her website.