I have been building things with my hands from a very early age. I learned wood and metal working skills in high school and more recently began working with high strength fiber reinforced concrete. My creative foundation was laid during my youth, working alongside my father who spent much of his time painting and reminding me to “Draw with the right side of your brain, Tiimo…” My artistic style has grown and may parallel some of the spiritual considerations of remodernism, though this was not intentional.
Six years ago my life changed dramatically. A small stroke suffered during a skiing accident and the loss of my father to brain cancer led to a deep depression lasting several years. Through a lot of introspection and hard work, the darkness began to recede and with great intention, I returned to my creative roots as a way to heal my heart. My studio, AethyrWorks, was born and I began making furniture, functional art and now, sculpture. I currently work with wood, metal and concrete. By themselves, these timeless materials are beautiful and durable but when combined, their individual character adds a depth that cannot be realized alone.
My design process begins by researching a proposed pieces’ background, including people related to it, pertinent history, the setting and related philosophy. I gather all of this information together and then begin “listening” for the intuitive “bursts” that are generated. I write down and render these ideas and refine them using mockups and more drawings until a solid plan emerges. I fabricate projects in-house, occasionally drawing upon a small group of independent specialists as needed.