Soft Rock Silk Scarf 4
These digitally printed Soft Rock Scarves from British designer Bethan Wood are each based on a different rock or mineral. The outer edge of the scarf is dictated by the form of the rock rather then the conventional shape, allowing each to be worn in a different manner.
Bethan Laura Wood graduated with a first class BA(Hons) in Three-Dimensional Design from the University of Brighton in 2006, and continued her education at the Royal Collage of Art where she studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper, in the Design Product department.
Simultaneously, she set up her own practice, WOOD London, designing and producing a range of objects, from jewellery to ceramics, as well as large-scale interventions and collaborative projects. Marketing her work, both in the UK and around the world, in 2008 she was featured in the Observer's "Future 500 Top Ten for Fashion and Retail", as a talent to watch.
Since completing her MA studies in 2009, Bethan's work has been in demand by gallerists, collectors and curators. She has undertaken Residences with London's Design Museum, the Fondazione Claudio Buziol in Venice, with whom she exhibited during the Milan Furniture Fair, 2010 and most recently AAA Wanted new Artisans Vicenza. Bethan will next be working on Furniture produced exclusively for Nilufar Gallery which will be showcasing at the Salone 2011.
By re-contextualizing elements from existing, everyday objects, combined with research into the constituent elements of a modern city, Bethan creates new products which rediscover, explore and celebrate different attributes and aspects of the "mundane". Her work often focuses on the pattern, colouration and patination of objects, the result of the making process and subsequent traces of usage.
Locality has also become an important factor to her design process, often working in response to the area in which she resides. Be it collaborating directly with local manufacturing, or reflecting elements particular to that area within the work.
Bethan is fascinated by the connections we make with the objects that surround us and, as a collector herself, likes to explore what drives people to hold onto a particular object yet discard another.