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Barking up The Wrong Log

Shortlisted 2020
Furniture & Product – Production

Designer/maker – Charlotte Kingsnorth
Wood supplier – East Kent Logs
Species – oak (UK)

Barking Up The Wrong Log questions identity and disguises. Kingsnorth has a deep interest in deconstructed archetypes, as well as Jean Baudrillard’s concept of hyperreal and the inability to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality. Each log is individually handpicked for its character. As well has having a function each piece is also a stand-alone artwork. First, the log is de-barked and sanded smooth. The surface is then blackened using the Japanese charring technique Shou Sugi Ban. Bark markings, usually found on birch trees, have been hand carved to reveal the natural colouring of the wood beneath. The notched markings also transform the wood stump into a charicature of itself.