The Final Touch: Perspectives on Surface Embellishment

Panel discussion w/ Kimberly Winkle, Katie Hudnall, Joshua Almond &

Nick DeFord as moderator

Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 3pm - 3:50pm

This panel will explore the different ways artists embellish, alter, decorate, or design the surface of forms, giving particular consideration as to how that surface might relate to home and domestic interiors.  Representing a spectrum of approaches and techniques - from carved to painted surfaces on geometric to biomorphic forms - Furniture Society members Kimberly Winkle, Katie Hudnall, and Josh Almond will present their work and talk about the similarities and differences in their respective creative processes. All three artists will be upcoming instructors in wood at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.   Moderated by Nick DeFord, Program Director at Arrowmont, the panelists will then discuss their studio techniques and describe how they approach the surface of their work.  Questions and topics of discussion may address material selection, the differences between carving into a work versus making marks upon it, and the content associated with surface applications upon domestic objects and sculptural work.  The panel will also ask: Is consideration of the surface of the form merely a final touch, or is form just an excuse to explore the visual and tactile qualities of a surface?



Nick DeFord_Headshot

Nick DeFord is an artist, art educator, and arts administrator who resides in Knoxville, TN.  Currently he is the Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  He received his MFA from Arizona State University,  and a MS and BFA from the University of Tennessee.  He has previously taught both at Arizona State University and the University of Tennessee, as well as at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts. He exhibits nationally, with recent exhibitions at the University of Mississippi, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University, Lindenwood University and the William King Museum in Virginia.