About Studio Woodworkers Australia
Studio Woodworkers Australia (SWA) is a national organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting professional designer makers working in wood. Founded in 2011, it comprises both Accredited Members and General Members. This Studio Woodworkers Australia (SWA) website provides a portal through which prospective clients can find professional designer/makers and artists whose work in wood is characterised by a high level of individuality and quality.
If you are looking for a special piece of furniture or woodwork to buy, order or commission, which features excellent design, making, finishing and after-purchase service, then the Membership Directory and Gallery of SWA is the place to start your search.
Studio Woodworkers Australia offers a comprehensive Directory of Members, where you can browse, select and contact professional and experienced makers directly, to buy or order their work. Some have websites showing designs that can be ordered.
Alternatively, if you have a particular purpose in mind, you can ask a selected maker to design and make a piece specifically for you. The process of Commissioning items made in wood from a skilled professional woodworker in this way offers an engaging and rewarding collaboration between you and the maker. (See more about commissioning)
- Accredited Members: have been peer-assessed to high standards, and can assure clients of the best quality of designing, making and service. Each is identified as an Accredited Studio Woodworker (ASW), and has a special page in the SWA Gallery.
- General Members: are professional designer/makers who have not yet submitted to the accreditation process.
Studio Woodworkers Australia’s Directory of Makers provides the best source of information for anyone wanting to commission or buy high quality, studio woodwork.
One time concrete form-worker Adrian Olasau has won the inaugural Top New Talent Award, created by professional designers and makers’ body, Studio Woodworkers Australia.
The 30-year- old from Berwick, Victoria took out the title in Sturt School for Wood’s 2014 graduating class last week. Olasau’s final portfolio, including a dining chair entitled The Reluctant Chair, is showcased alongside works by 11 fellow students in current exhibtion, ASSEMBLAGE at Sturt in Mittagong, NSW. Adrian completed the esteemed one year fine furniture, Certificate IV Furniture Design & Technology.
Overjoyed at receiving the honours, Adrian, who is inspired by Danish design, said the practical hands-on experience he received from teachers, such as Neil Erasmus and David Upfill-Brown, SWA members, has been life altering. Studio Woodworkers Australia includes more than 100 Australian, wood designers, makers and artists, many of whom are internationally renowned.
‘Coming from a non-design background I was quite apprehensive when I started at Sturt about my ability to really tap into my creative side, and design items people would like and enjoy. Having a professional body like the SWA choose me for this award has really been a wonderful vote of confidence as I start out on my design and making career.’
SWA president Phoebe Everill, who presented Adrian with the cash and tool prize, said the SWA’s Top New Talent Award acknowledges the creative work produced by Adrian, and his prospects in moving forward.
‘As designers and makers in the 21st century, one of our first challenges is to find ways to stay relevant, connect with our clients, and make a living from our passion. Adrian’s eye for design and his willingness to push the boundaries with wood, impressed all his tutors. He is a young designer with a very bright future.’
Ms Everill said Studio Woodworkers Australia is intent on rolling the prize out nationally in 2015, and continuing to mentor young designers and makers working in wood.
‘There is an increasing number of Gen Y and Millennials moving into design and making, possibly because they realise working with your hands also feeds the soul. As seasoned professionals, it is the SWA’s aim to help those younger makers find their style, and to design original, cutting edge and handmade pieces that will resonate with the public, and make them household names.’
ASSEMBLAGE, Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW
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