Bethan Laura Wood
Bethan Laura Wood – www.bethanlaurawood.com
Bethan Laura Wood has run as a multidisciplinary studio since 2009 characterised by materials investigation, artisan collaboration and a passion for colour and detail. Residencies and location-based projects have become an important factor in her design process, often working in response to her location, in collaboration with local manufacturers, or reflecting back into her work the visual and material culture particular to that area. Bethan is fascinated by the connections we make with the everyday objects that surround us and, as a collector herself, likes to explore what drives people to hold onto one particular object while discarding another. Bethan explores these relationships and questions how they might become cultural conduits. She is interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability within mass consumption and the production-driven context of the design industry.
Bethan Laura Wood obtained a MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper, since 2011 she has worked with the prestigious Nilufar Gallery. Bethan has been commissioned by and collaborated with a variety of international partners. Her work has been exhibited in institutions including: the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood; Swiss Institute New York; Daelim Museum, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art, MOT, Tokyo , ICA London and The Design Museum London. Bethan has works in the permanent collections of Wellcome collection London (Epidemic Jukebox in partnership with Kin design) V & A, London (Toothpaste bag for Valextra) Dresden State Art Collections , Germany (Friends bed) Abet Laminate Museum , Italy (Playtime table ) and Mudac Switzerland ( Totem ) .
Throughout her career Bethan has sought to engage with the educational system, teaching giving lectures and workshops at many well-known universities including RCA, ECAL and Central St Martins. Bethan has been invited to run public workshops at Boisbuchet, V&A, Tate Britain, Vienna Design Week, IN Residence, Design Shanghai, alongside guest speaking at many international fairs around the world from Tokyo to Toronto.
Photo: Anthony Lycett