Welcome to the first in an occasional series introducing members of the 4D team.
First off the laser-cut and finely sanded blocks is Jenny. No ordinary chippie, Jenny studied fine art – apparently eschewing life-drawing classes to spend her entire study period building large installations in the workshops.
A short stint with a builders ‘in the north’ – where she was told her work was ‘not bad for a girl’ – led her to focus attention in the design world where her perfectionist take and understanding of material fabrication makes her a valuable asset in high-end production.
What do you do at 4D?
I manage the construction side of things in the workshop, the creation/fabrication process before everything is installed on site. At the moment I’m making some showcases for Stanley Gibbon’s rare coin collection. It’s a clever design with a fabric covered steel slope, so we can use magnets to position the coins. My art background means that it’s easy for me to understand the vision of the designers and sometimes suggest ways to improve it.
When did you know you wanted to be a carpenter?
I’ve always known, really. My dad lectures in engineering and there was constantly something being created in the house. We built my Wendy house together and he helped me with a go-kart.
(However, I do remember getting a tool kit for my seventh birthday and being rather disappointed because it was so small and there were no power tools.)
Who inspires you?
My friend Sophie is a butcher. Its fun having a mate who is also a stereotype buster, and she helps me remember we can be whoever we want to be. She’s currently in Argentina visiting farms, sharing and gaining knowledge. Nothing run of the mill there!
What’s been your highlight of working at 4D?
I am at my happiest and most at home when I am constructing something – seeing something come together from nothing, working in a wide range of materials. I built some rather stylish cabinets for Daniel Crouch Rare Books that I went out to New York to install – my first trip. When I got there the toughened glass we ordered didn’t fit. Nightmare! You can’t change glass once its made and it was all down to me. Fortunately I thought to grind down the hinges and everything fitted perfectly. I was really proud to be responsible for making it all work.
Four recommendations from Jenny:
Thilo Frank’s timber creations
Mehmet Ali Uysal’s kooky works
The architectural ambitions of Gordon Matta Clark
Wood based imaginings of Richard Deacon
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