Ed Teasdale appeared on the UK Crafts scene in the 1980’s at a time when creative salvage, recycling, and wider environmental issues were having a strong influence on design theory and practice. Using found wood and sticking essentially to the box form he initially made small consciously modest crafted objects comprising a basic utility and somewhat rough hewn appearance. His move to making larger work evolved through his own and others interests in furniture scale objects. The approach remains modest and restrained, to produce something truly practical but basic and discreet both in purpose and appearance.
“Teasdale’s boxes seek reconciliation of opposites; of hard with soft, geometric with organic and familiar with enigmatic. He references past and current values creating something both traditional and unconventional. Each piece is purposeful in a fundamental way yet redolent of much more.
As a furniture maker he primarily works from his own inspiration, exhibits in selected galleries but also works with individual clients and collectors.
All pieces are marked (usually centrally on the underside of the bottom) with a 2 digit date stamp e.g. 93 and a separate stamp in the form of a leaf. Most pieces are in private homes and collections in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand but examples are also in the possession of the British Council, Arts Council of Great Britain, Usher Gallery Lincoln, UK.
A strong emotional attachment to nature and a thoughtful fascination with the built environment are the (yin-yang) forces at the heart of my interests and creativity.
At the height of the UK Design led retail boom in the mid 1980’s I began a transition away from university teaching towards a workshop based practice as artist and furniture maker. My changes in outlook and approach were something of a reaction to perceived commercial excesses at the time and playing with the creative potential of salvaged wood was my initial focus. My position is more aesthetic than political, more a preference for simplicity and naturalness and a reaction against Postmodernism and Fashion. Nevertheless for environmental as well as aesthetic reasons I have consistently chosen to keep it simple and handmade, avoid exotic woods, elaborate structure, showy detail, high finishes and complex manufacturing.
Initially making small boxes from single blocks of solid wood (offcuts) I soon moved to assembling large chests from locally found materials. In furniture terms my idea has been to make objects that function simultaneously as storage, seating, table and display plinth. Together with client requirements found materials continue to be a major inspiration for new work.
My work does not concern itself with style, fashion or decoration, it eschews them as much as possible.
I am inspired by nature and the material world and guided by attitudes towards simple and ethical production, practical needs and aesthetic value.