Tectonic Composite Plate: Christopher Dresser | James Thurman, Texas

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Tectonic Composite Plate: Christopher Dresser | James Thurman, Texas
Thurmanite® (layered recycled paper & eco-resin), ink, copper | 6 x 6 x 0.25 in/15 x 15 x 1 cm

"Although the final form is a basic plate with a stand, a variety of non­traditional approaches are incorporated into it. The plate is made of “Thurmanite®,” a material I developed which is made of layers of recycled paper epoxied together with an eco­resin (this particular plate is made from different sections of a World Atlas). Then laser engraved with a pattern inspired by Christopher Dresser, as a tribute to this major figure in the Aesthetic Movement. The hammer-formed copper stand emphasizes the importance of the handwork throughout all of the processes utilized in this piece."

About the Artist:
Metalsmith, woodworker and materials innovator James Thurman is an associate professor in the College of Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and Turkey, and has work in the collections of the American Craft Council; the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland; The Glass Furnace (Cam Ocagi, Istanbul; and the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, among others.

Learn More: www.jamesthurman.com Instagram: jamesathurman