HEATHER SCOTT x TORO
INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER
What do you make?
I work in wood and metal to create furniture and objects that are made to be used. Time and time again. It's about the functionality of products that make more of the everyday.
What is important to you as a maker?
For me it's all in the detail. The craftsmanship. The honesty.
The subtlety of design details and form is important, there is so much value in the understated, the things that might go unnoticed but leave a minimal elegance.
Quality craftsmanship and material understanding is integral, it's about things being made to last. It's becoming more important to me to recognise the craft in welding and metalwork, processes that can be constrained to industrial construction and large scale fabrication where the skill and craft involved are often overlooked.
What inspires you?
My work echoes some of the principles of Japanese and Scandinavian design. The main crossover being simplicity, in my sketchbook a design starts to feel resolved when there is nothing more to take away.
I'm also hugely inspired by people, our different outlooks, skills and attributes. New ideas often come from a conversation or interaction, like the TORO project. Something really exciting happens when you have a collaborative conversation and you start to look at things from another perspective.
What are the main processes you use?
I use a variety of woodworking techniques, from using big scale machinery to a mallet and a chisel. I've learnt from some amazing craftspeople, each having their own take on how to solve problems using timber. Having a good foundation in both power tools and hand tools is really important, you need to know what tools are best suited to each job. Sometimes no machine can do a better job than your dad's old hand plane.
Metalwork is a more recent exploration for me, I'm a bit too excited about it. I've been working primarily in Steel, welding mainly. There are a lot of skills that transfer from woodwork to metalwork and equally so much to learn. Working with metal allows me to solve design challenges that I wouldn't be able to in wood, it's an amazing process.
A maker's space is very personal, what makes yours unique to you?
I love being in my workshop. It's tucked away on a farm, just outside Falmouth in Cornwall.There are lots of makers here, it's this community that makes it so special. There is a constant sharing of knowledge, tools and ideas. It feeds our creativity and development.
Winters can be a challenge, just to keeping the fire roaring in attempt to cut a bit of the cold of the granite barn. Summer is a different game, double doors opened up onto the yard and someone putting some mackerel on the bbq for lunch. Well.... sometimes.