Darren Appiagyei is a wood turner and founder of inthegrain. The Camberwell College of Arts graduate made his name with vessels fashioned from the Banksia nut. Subsequently, he has gone on to create pieces from waste wood he finds on a local farm not far from his studio at Cockpit Arts in London’s Deptford.
He believes his work is ‘about embracing the intrinsic beauty of the wood; be it a crack, texture, knots or lack of symmetry,’ adding that ‘it’s about allowing the wood to speak for itself and enabling the inner beauty of the wood to shine’.
His pieces have been included in shows such as 300 Objects during London Craft Week in 2020, Salon Art + Design at Park Avenue Armory in New York, and he had his first solo show at the Garden Museum in 2021. He will also be exhibiting with The New Craftsmen at this year’s Collect fair which runs at Somerset House from 3-5 March 2023.
Darren is definitely one to watch.
In this episode we talk about: how table tennis played a vital role in his career; learning to turn as a student; discovering the Banksia nut by chance; how he ‘collaborates’ with wood; his Ghanaian heritage; dealing with his mother’s mental health issues as a child; why wood became a form of therapy; and writing his memoir.
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