Recently I had the fortune to make contact with a great artisan. I featured Sean Woolsey in a past article about Grain & Gram and I was drawn with Sean’s work and his philosophy towards life. Sean has graciously agreed to answer some of my questions so you can get to know him a little better. Once you’ve read through this article I suggest you go check out his site and look through his work to get a better understanding of his art, furniture & philosophy.
1. Tell us in your words what it is you do?
I design and create unique artwork, hand made furniture, and one of a kind lighting pieces.
I enjoy the both mental and manual processes which are becoming more rare in current times of mass production & mass consumption.
I design and build many different types of things. In the act of creating, I have found design takes shape while doing the work, rather than preceding it. I am much more interested in making things than I am in designing them.
2.What is your design philosophy?
Awareness about design intersects all aspects of my life. I love what I do and think about design constantly. My personal philosophy is: “Do what I love everyday. Practice complete freedom in what I do. Don’t settle. Have a constant appetite for learning. Make mistakes. Don’t conform. Trust my gut. Make pieces that I would want to own myself. Share my craft and work with others.”
3. What is it that as an artist that you wish to ultimately create or what message is to be delivered?
I work to create timeless pieces that will be cherished and loved, not just for now but well into the future. Multi-generational items, that you would pass on to your kids one day, and that they would be proud to own. I want people to value what is timeless in both my designs and the materials that I use.
4. What are your sources of inspiration?
Nature, traveling, architecture, constantly learning, dreaming.
5. What would you do if you weren’t an artist…any closet dreams?
Hmmmm, I’d probably a mad scientist, astronaut, or a chef or all three.
6. Hopeless romantic or pragmatical realist?
Hopefully, a healthy dose of both. But those that know me well, would probably say I’m more of a hopeless romantic.
7. City of inspiration?
That is a tough one as I have done a bit of traveling in my days. I really love Viet Nam as a whole, as well as Spain. If I had to pick one city though as inspirational, it would be New York City, hands down.
8. top 5 bucket list “to do” before you die….
Design and build my own house.
Write a book.
Own a sailboat.
Travel around the world for a year.
Learn another language.
9. What are you currently consumed by? (art, design, food, movies…etc…)
The last book I read was The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. It blew my mind. Game changing.
10. If you could wake up anywhere tomorrow where would it be?
In a tree-house somewhere in the south pacific.
11. Last words:
Keep your heart open, your head high, and your spirit free.