Joshua Till is exhibiting his work at Manchester Craft and Design Centre until 20 May 2017
Our Directory Maker of the Week, Joshua Till, talks to us about getting into making, what inspires him and his favourite part of the making process
Who or what got you into making?
From a young age I've always been creative. Throughout my education I’ve been interested in the making-side of things and from a young age I think I sort of knew I wanted to pursue making as a career, whatever form of making that might be. I would say my family and friends have also played a big part, motivating me and giving me the opportunity to pursue a creative direction.
Could you tell us a bit about your work?
My work is aimed to be bespoke, unique, small batch items of furniture, that display an element of sculptural form with the help of a traditional craft technique of steam bending.
What are your inspirations?
Nature is my main inspiration, especially the complex microstructure within nature, for instance, the trabecular structure found within our bones. I deconstruct these structures to make items of furniture that are beautiful but also functional.
I find these forms to be so interesting and beautiful. To know that they are of nature’s design just makes it that little bit more overwhelming!
What is your favourite part of the making process?
I particularly enjoy the steam bending aspect of the making process, as I find it to be such an almost effortless and honest way of shaping and manipulating the material, leaving room for mystery; with such an experimental process, the outcome is often not the same, which leaves to interesting design outcomes.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working in Manchester, on a project making a traditional A-frame building using round green wood timber. I am also working towards an upcoming exhibition down in London called One Year On, designing and making new pieces to exhibit.
See Joshua Till's work in Modern Twist: Steam bent furniture by Joshua Till at Manchester Craft and Design Centre until 20 May 2017.