Designer/manufacturer: Wycliffe Stutchbury
Species: European oak
“Stutchbury has been exploring textile techniques using wood and the resulting screen is both sensuous and seductive, showing movement and delicacy, not necessarily characteristics associated with the use of wood.”
– Corinne Julius
This room divider was created to further the designer's exploration of textile techniques and characteristics using wood. The piece has a flowing appearance and is made up of thousands of small oak tiles glued to an open weave cotton twill, creating a curtain. The curtain is hung on a hinged, three panelled European oak framework with hemp rope and cleats. The form is dictated by the ways in which the tile construction hangs over the supporting uprights, rather like a sail is held by the mast. The height is adjustable. The tiles were cut from discarded oak field fencing retrieved from the South Downs. The variety of colours and textures is explained by the different ways the timber reacted to weathering, and this piece is an attempt to display the many wonderful ways that timber responds to its environment.