London based woodturner Darren Appiagyei is displaying his work in the Dan Pearson-designed courtyard garden at the Garden Museum as part of London Craft Week 2021. Hidden within the beautiful foliage of the garden visitors are encouraged to explore and uncover Darren’s pieces.
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Darren has a passion for discovering and exploring new woods. Through his practice he engages with the rawness and the texture of each unique piece of wood. His work embraces imperfection, placing emphasis on the analysis and malleability of the natural form to create functional, textural objects. Through emphasising knots, cracks or lack of symmetry, each piece is imbued with its own individual story: a celebration of difference.
Darren Appiagyei photo by Jermaine Miller
Darren is highly fascinated by Ghanaian wood carving and inspired by the different properties of both exotic and native woods. He is also interested in the adding texture to vessels by burning and embellishing the surface.