"We strive to create objects that
continue to reveal their beauty over time with patterns
that engage the eye, forms that are sensual and color
that harmonizes throughout."
J.M. Syron and Bonnie Bishoff believe that people have
a strong resonance with the basic elements of design
found in nature and they try to reflect those lines
and patterns in their furniture. Their primary mediums
are wood, polymer clay and fabric. Combining these diverse
mediums give them the forms and the surface designs
that are the main focus of their work. Repetition also
plays a large part in their designs with inspiration
from fractal geometry patterns, like those found in
shells, plants and even cells.
and Bishoff have been collaborating in the design and
making of furniture since 1987. Both artists delve into
the mediums of wood and polymer clay throughout the
process of creating. By using techniques from other
mediums with the polymer clay such as mokume gane from
metal working or millefiore-like canes from glass, they
have been able to create surface patterns with the depth
and complexity of highly figured wood. The wooden elements
are created from hand carving, shaping and veneering.
The end goal is to combine these mediums resulting in
vibrant pieces where all elements sing together.