The artist behind w o o d p o p is Emma Wood, standard bearer for modern marquetry and paragon of nominative determinism.
Emma's career path did not necessarily take the most direct route - veering between Mexico City and London, working in the Music Industry, various nightclubs and the world’s premiere drag cabaret club! During this time she satisfied her creative ambitions by designing and making bespoke products for private commissions. Her products were very well received garnering significant media attention and with several high profile commissions under her belt she decided that it was time to take the plunge and make w o o d p o p her sole focus.
As w o o d p o p developed, Emma went on to concentrate mainly on surface design, employing various techniques, such as laser-cut inlaid laminate and different paint and stencil effects to re-purpose pieces of mid-century furniture (click here for examples). Although it satisfied her love of colour and irreverent artistic aesthetic - it was not a natural fit for her as she did not enjoy working with plastics. So after a few brain-storming sessions with her cabinet-making friends - she went out and bought a sample pack of wood veneer, a scalpel, a book on marquetry and locked herself in the workshop. Straight away she knew that she had found her metier, and went on to explore the art-form as she experimented with its application, taking the artistic discipline to its limits. She gets her kicks from the incongruous juxtaposition of this classic art-form with non-traditional subject matter and its application on to surfaces previously considered impossible. Like a surfboard, for example . . .
Emma’s workshop is in the Black Mountains, Wales where you will find her, scalpel in hand, and when she’s not in Wales - you will find her in Mexico - a country on which she draws a huge amount of inspiration and consequently the place where she does most of her design work.
Emma is interested in music, surfing, Pop Art, colour and geometry. And Mexican wrestling, of course..