The Justbod blog:
He's been creating things since he was five years old, when he was given a penknife and a piece of string - apparently essential tools for a young boy! As soon as he discovered it was less painful to carve objects rather than his own hands, he was away and hasn't looked back!
Since then, bod has made all manner of things from lamps to musical instruments, from wall plaques to outdoor sculptures, and always with a richness of soul that can be hard to find in modern mass production.
"My inspiration comes from a deep love of the history and nature of these Islands with their rich layers of wild beauty, history and stories.
I am fascinated with the origin and endurance of many ancient designs and motifs, their links to the natural world, and their power to still resonate within us, to move and inspire.
By reinterpreting these designs, stories and motifs in new forms, my work seeks to open a dialogue with our richly interwoven past, and to create fresh connections and stories.
I work mainly in wood, metal and stone and am particularly attracted to natural materials and forms."
|bod contemplates eternity.....|
What's in a name? - bod was a nickname he was given many years ago, and it's also the name he has always used to sign his work. The nickname may have originally had subtle links to the 'bod' TV character of several years ago, but he is quite tight lipped on why this might be!
Why did he start using 'bod' as the name on his work?
"I was influenced by a wonderful book I read many years ago: 'Coming to Our Senses' by Morris Berman. In one of the chapters he compares Western and Eastern Art. One of the big differences that he highlights is the anonymity of Eastern Art (and Western artistic expression from the middle ages and earlier.) In the East, artistic expression is percieved merely as a way of channeling a higher aspect of ourselves, and everyone in society is perceived as being creative. I loved this idea, as when I'm making something, it does always feel more like a process of me 'getting out of my own way' to let something express through me. In the West, however, it is customary to link creativity with an identity. I decided that using 'bod' as my artistic name would link both ideas. It also appealed to me as 'bod,' in English culture is sometimes an expression for 'everyman,' as in: "I'll get a couple of bods to do it."
Read more about bod in his own words: Beginnings....
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The Justbod Team
We're a group of people who've collectively worked with bod over the years and seen his work featured in many shops and outlets, but this is our first time online. We're therefore really proud and excited to introduce you to his work on this blog and the main Justbod Website and Shop.
|Never Stop Searching For Wonderland|
We in the Justbod Team also have a great love for history and the countryside, and pocking around to find interesting stories, pictures and facts from the area around us on our regular Justbod Field Trips. As well as featuring bod's work, the Justbod blog also features many of these stories, pictures and facts from our fascinating, beautiful and ancient land. We also share lots of extra stuff on our various social sites on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
|In Search of The Cowthorpe Oak|
Currently the Justbod Team consists of bod, who makes things and sometimes writes about it, Anne who does a lot of admin and writes things, and Toni who does a lot of the necssary IT stuff and likes writing about churches and sacred sites....We also have odd bits and pieces of help from others, who are a vital part of the team, but who like their anonymity....
|Justbod Anne "Not all those who wander are lost" - J R R Tolkien|
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