These Intricate Quilts Won't Keep You Warm This Winter For One Very Fascinating Reason
by N/A, 8 years ago | 3 min read
They're beautiful, but they won't keep you warm. Unless of course, you burned them - which would be like killing a unicorn.
There's a technique in the world of art called "Trompe lâ€™oeil" that involves deceiving the viewer by making a work look photographically realistic, to the point of it looking authentically real to the naked eye.
This, friends, is exactly what artist and woodworker Fraser Smith does with his wooden "quilts."
You could consider him the trompe lâ€™oeil master of "quilt making."
With painstaking craftsmanship, Smith takes one of the most stubborn mediums, wood, and makes it look like cloth.
Of course, as you can imagine, his unique creations are not easily made.
Each "quilt" takes anywhere from 6 months to a year to complete, depending on the complexity of their design.
And if you haven't already noticed, he doesn't tend to make many basic designs.
In an incredibly tedious process, that truly can't be explained enough to be fully appreciated, Smith goes from cutting, to shaping, to more cutting, to more shaping...
To etching, to sanding, to more etching...
And finally, to painting.
Each ripple, each indentation, each crease and fold must be perfectly executed, with the utmost attention to detail, in order to make his "quilts" truly look like quilts.
Months later, Smith has a mesmerizing, fully finished product, that most might be tempted to steal, were they not 60+ pounds.
You could call him a master woodworker, but to be honest, "master of deception" might be a more fitting title.
Do not show me this again