"In Collaboration"

from Anne Storrs

We recently updated our 800 square garage so that it adapts to fit the occasion: studio, rumpus room, gathering spot. In mid October, it will be a place to show our collaborative work through Portland Open Studios. You’ll see a range of furniture pieces like wall mounted desks, floor pieces and folding screens, as well as a new line of earrings made from dyed and natural wood veneers.

We will also be demonstrating how we vacuum form our curved wood panels, and show how the marquetry process works, going from a rough sketch to a finished piece of furniture.

When we are not collaborating, Anne creates public art installations, often working with designers, architects, artists, fabricators, public and private partners. She also loves to tend the home garden. This summer she grew an additional garden at the new Mount Tabor Community Garden and in September delivered tomatoes, tomatillos and peppers to nearby Franklin High Foods class so students could make fresh salsas. Michael crafts furniture and cabinetwork for numerous clients in the Pacific Northwest. He studied furniture making, weaving and design at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts in the early 1980’s. Michael’s furniture influences are past masters of woodworking, most notably Jacque Emile Ruhlman and Michael Frank, as well as contemporary furniture makers such as Wendell Castle and Silas Kopf.

Our collaborative process began when Michael began looking for a way to introduce graphic imagery into his work. He learned about marquetry, the art of assembling cut pieces of wood veneers to create images and designs, through an OSAC summer seminar with Silas Kopf. This woodworking technique was particularly popular from the mid 1500’s till the craftsman movement in the 1800’s. The traditional process of cutting and assembling veneers by hand is incredibly time consuming.  Using a computer and laser cutter we are able to explore this technique as a contemporary art medium.

Please visit our studio (#82) and be sure to check out the wonderful carved and painted figurative wood sculptures of Stan Peterson (#61). Stan is also located on the east side.