Marbling technique is a powerful and flexible medium that allows artists to explore colours. Danish textile designer Pernille Snedker Hansen’s “Marbelous Wood” introduces a whole new approach to traditional wooden floor installations, challenging the manner we observe and experience the surfaces around us.

The impressive project debuts years of experimentation and development with a re-purposed approach to the traditional craft of marbling.

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Cabin Cover | Marbelous Wood | Designed and Photography by Pernille Snedker Hansen

Each wooden plank is individually hand printed at Hansen’s local studio located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The marbled wood reflects the compositions of natural wood grain and intricate patterns of growth, whilst the ornamentation visually intensifies and enlarges the natural wood itself.

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Hemisphere | Marbelous Wood | Designed and Photography by Pernille Snedker Hansen

Created one drop at the time and resembling tree growth rings, Hansen’s organic process begins by dropping a meticulous choice of colour onto surface water until it creates its own circle and spreads out. The next circular ring forms as another colour is added to the process and stretches out closer to the perimeter of the initial circle.

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Marbelous Wood | Designed and Photography by Pernille Snedker Hansen

Adopting a piece of pinewood panel, Hansen dips the raw material in just deep enough to absorb the exterior of the colourfully merged streaky aesthetic.

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Wave | Marbelous Wood | Designed and Photography by Pernille Snedker Hansen

In order to magnify and achieve a striking presence of colour, the marbling procedure is repeated once or twice on the same wooden piece.

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Stripe | Marbelous Wood | Designed and Photography by Pernille Snedker Hansen

Although the marbling technique is based on a repetitive process, the end result will always vary and hold an element of surprise. This is what makes the“Marbelous Wood” project so unique and distinctive.

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Strata | Marbelous Wood | Designed and Photography by Pernille Snedker Hansen

Delivering a traditional-meets-modern concept, “Marbelous Wood” captures different textures, ambience, and even dialogue offering a contemporary approach to the earthy material.

“It is a process of repetition, and letting go of predefined structures to create formations of its own right.” Pernille Snedker Hansen

 

Written by Diana Choi

Edited by Christina Wright

References

Pernille Snedker Hansen’s Official Website [Online] Available at http://www.snedkerstudio.dk/ [Accessed 15/06/2016]

Craft Collection CC15 [Online] Available at http://www.craftscollection.dk/grouping/artist/455 [Accessed 15/06/2016]