Jay Rubinstein

I am drawn to images of metamorphosis and ambiguity. Very often I’m inspired by the imagery of a poem. I love to suggest shapes and connectionsrather than making them explicit. Sometimes a shape can be two things at once, a flame and a feather or a bird and the scale on a fish.

I use veneers extensively. These thin sheets of wood (less than 1mm thick) allow me to create light pieces of considerable strength with far less wastage than solid wood. Most but not all of my recent work has been in making mobiles where the strength and shaping of wood combined with the lightnessis crucial. Veneers also ensure that the wood is used as efficiently as possible. It’s important to me to only use sustainable timbers.

In making any piece I need to think about different colours produced by various timbers, the shapes it is possible to make and the shapes it is possible to suggest, the stringing of the pieces and the movement available in the final piece. Finally, of course there is the balance of all the pieces so that they hang correctly.

I studied at the London College of Furniture in the 1980s and ran a small furniture making business for a while. I have continued to develop my skills alongside other careers over the past 30 years or so but since moving to Dumfries and Galloway have been working in a more focussed way.