Being an artist can be a real struggle. It’s a risky career path that can see you being dirt poor for a long time, until you finally get your big break. For most though, their big break never comes. It’s just the way things work. Not everyone can be a world-renowned artist. Many artists who are truly dedicated to pursuing it as a career will spend most of their life making a modest living. That was where the subject of this story was at. Artist Emilie Boismain was broke and living in Brooklyn, New York and staying at a studio designing an indoor treehouse for a friends gallery. During the winter when the weather was turned frigid, she posted up in side and started making something that I really want in my own home. Check out her incredible artistic ability and creativity below!
It all started with bits of scrap wood that were left over from the treehouse this artist was trying to build.
She collected the wood from all over the New York City area.
She started piecing the scrap wood together to create incredibly artistic wooden table tops.
One of her table tops was noticed by a company that needed unique display tables for their chain of stores.
With complete creative freedom, she got right to work. The only condition was the tables had to be 42 or 60 inches in diameter and sanded smooth so customers wouldn’t get slivers.
The intricate patterns and designs that ended up coming out of this commission are absolutely mesmerizing.
The company that gave her the job, The Frye Boot Company, commissioned upwards of a dozen of these ornately patterned table tops.
The tricky part about all of this is, there is only so much of certain shades of wood to go around so she has to be resourceful.
The artist described putting the table tops together as trying to piece a puzzle together.
With the way this scrap wood fits together, it’s really not hard to see the comparison.
After a making a few tables, the artist found herself finding inspiration from an odd source.
She found herself thinking back to her southern roots and that she was subconsciously channeling old quilt patterns into her wood working.
Once she realized what her inspiration had been this entire time, she started consciously using the quilt patterns in her work.
It certainly isn’t hard to see the resemblance between many of these designs and old quit patterns you often see.
Creating these one of a kind table tops has helped the artist get nation wide exposure, as well as her first paycheck for her very own company “Made By Woodland“.
These table tops helped launch an artist’s career. It didn’t even start out as something she was trying to commission. It was simply the using of scraps of resources from other projects. I bet many art projects start out the same way. That is the cool thing about art, anything can become a piece of art with enough inspiration and passion. It’s amazing that one project like this was able to help her launch her own company!