This is Christine Fuqua, a very talented and passionate artist, who currently attends California State University of Long Beach. Although she originally started off with photography as her major, she fell in love with the art of wood after taking a class on it. One of the pieces that captured my most attention was the the table she had made from scratch. What amazed me the most is how the different layers of wood was put together and how she was able to bend the wood in order to make the bent shape as the table’s foundation. This table reminded me of something I would like to have in my house because I love how modern the table looks. It definitely requires a lot of skill for something such as this table to be made. She calls this piece “Comber,” which made entirely of wood. I wonder how much the table was able to carry if it were used on a regular basis, but I didn’t want to try it out since it looked too fragile.
When we asked her what the process was into making this table, she said they use the technique of “cold molding.” She explained that this technique is the same technique one uses to build boats, which made me realize how the boats were bent towards the front side. Fuqua defines “cold molding” as a technique where you take random parts of wood and bending to the shape you want it to be. This table has multiple layers of wood for it to be stable. She was telling us how she fell in love withe the way the wood easily bent when she took a class at the university. They all had to learn how to use the machines, and as time progressed, Faqua was able to make art from wood within 3-4 months instead of 3 whole semesters.
Faqua also made another piece called “Spoon.” She was inspired by the other little wooden artworks that the other artists created, so she also decided to put one of her own to display. When asked if she’s ever designed other furniture, she said that she’s more of a builder than a designer, which was pretty cool to me.