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Delina Wright, Wood­work­ing artist, Ed­mon­ton

Western Living - - CONTENTS - —Maansi Pandya

Ed­mon­ton’s Delina Wright turns scraps of wood into works of art.

Scrap wood be­comes ab­stract art in Delina Wright’s ca­pa­ble hands. And the Ed­mon­ton-based de­signer’s skill in the art of wood­work­ing is even more deft than it first ap­pears. “It’s like the world’s hard­est jig­saw puz­zle,” she laughs.

To cre­ate her pieces, Wright of­ten spends hours plot­ting out a de­sign (“If some­one wants some­thing spe­cific, try­ing to trans­fer that into a geo­met­ric pat­tern can be chal­leng­ing”) be­fore mi­ter­ing to­gether found woods like spruce and pine into strik­ing de­signs; for those who don’t want their art­work to fit in a frame, Wright also con­nects un­cut scraps into one-of-a-kind for­ma­tions. “I love work­ing with my hands and find­ing the right shape,” she says. The pieces are DIY down to the last de­tail: Wright stains the wood her­self us­ing cus­tom-mixed shades.

Wood Works Wright pic­tured with one of her beau­ti­ful geo­met­ric wall hang­ings in her Ed­mon­ton wood shop.

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