Designers/Artists, Mark and Sharon Diebolt, will give a presentation entitled “Treebourne Woodworking: What it is Like Being Professional Woodworkers” at the March 27 meeting of the Irondequoit Art Club to be held 7:30 PM at Chapel Oaks, St. Ann’s Community, 1550 Portland Ave., Rochester, NY 14621, after the club’s 7 PM business meeting. There is no charge for this event and the site is handicapped accessible.
Mark and Sharon have collaborated as designers/artists in the wood medium for more than 30 years. They have created beautiful yet functional works of art, such as jewelry boxes, clocks, and small furniture. They eventually broadened their designs to include wooden handbags. Through their extensive knowledge and skills in veneer work, they fashion exquisite, yet lightweight wearable art, influenced by the classic designs of the 30s and 40s but with a contemporary flair. Their successful, new, handmade line includes clutches, evening bags, and minaudieres (small, decorative cases for carrying small articles such as jewelry.)
The process begins with highly figured wood veneers. Several veneer layers are glued together and placed in a vacuum press to create bent lamination shells. The shells are married with the hardwood top frame. “Hidden hinges and hardware” are applied, the purse is sanded, and finished with a combo of oil/varnish/wax. Colorful acrylic clasps are turned on a metal lathe and polished. Leather gussets and straps are attached, the clasps and strap holders are applied, and the purse is signed. The element that sets their handbags apart is the incredibly lightweight and highly figured wood. No two purses are ever exactly alike. When a customer acquires one of their handbags, that individual piece of art can be worn forever.
Their work is sold/exhibited through Fine American Craft Galleries, Museum Stores, the ACC Baltimore Show, Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Fine Craft Show, and other prestigious fine craft shows and luxury boutiques throughout the USA.
Samples of their work can be viewed at their website: www.hammilldiebolt.com.