“In a time when cleanliness and hygiene are topical conversation, My art is an exploration into the modern cleansing ritual. An exploration and re-imagining that begins with an act that we currently do countless times a day; the simplest and humbleness of acts, that of handwashing. Our lives have unexpectedly become centered upon this simple cleansing routine that leaves our hands dry, roughemed, and ladened with the scent of spirits.”
- Poppy Lawman
Poppy Lawman is a designer based in Oslo, Norway, where she focuses on making thoughtful slow designs and objects whose goal is to connect one to their surroundings, and in this case place in time endeavouring to promote living in the moment. Part sculpture and part utilitarian, the objects are made to be enjoyed in and out of use dancing the line of art and design for a slower, more connective way of living
The shapes of each piece are formed of rolling curves almost as if formed by running water, like that of stones beside a running river. The blackened oak is torched in an act called shou sugi ban, with their top layer burnt to form a natural, water protective layer. A time old manner of protecting wood from the elements. Together these ideas and techniques intertwine to form the basis of Ren, to re-imagine the handwashing experience. The set includes a wash basin, soap dish, towel, pitcher, hand brush and nail brush.
The Kloss series is a collection of sculptural brushes highlighting and celebrating materialism. From sensuous form to texture they celebrate the individuality and pleasurability of the materials they are made from. Long ribboning wood grains from Oak, Ash heartwood, and Shou Sugi Ban Oak pair together with ebony / ivory horsehair and golden amber coconut fibers. Objects that call out for you to draw your fingers along and through to experience their contrasting tactile surfaces. A series that plays with function and sculpture for an object to be enjoyed in and out of use.