Found on Facebook – Apolonia Pyrography
Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Posted by Torrill
I wanted this Found on Facebook to have a personal touch this week after telling Jenny about the wood-turning and pyrography business that my parents ran when I was growing up in the wilds of the Outer Hebrides. A hunt on Facebook brought up lots of high quality examples of pyrography but Apolonia Pyrography particularly drew my eye for the Les Paul guitar design featured above and for the stunning life-like portraits.
For those unfamiliar with pyrography it is the art of burning patterns and images into wood; a technique which was initially done using a hot poker but is now done with a tool similar to a soldering iron which has a range of weird and wonderful attachments for achieving different effects. It is the satisfying smell of gently smouldering wood that sticks out most prominently in my memory as my mother would draw puffin after puffin onto key-rings, door-name plates, plaques and anything else which would legitimately hold the image of a puffin.
My memory of how long these items took to make makes me appreciate just how good Apolonia Pyrography’s work is. The attention to detail is fantastic, especially in the portraits where that quality of shading is no mean feat. Apolonija Šterk is the mulit-talented artist behind the images, balancing her time between music, photography, video-making, sculpting and ceramics, as well as her day job of graphics engineering. Phew!