Steven Clark is the maker behind Den holm; a stone mason and artist living & working in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Jordi from Simple Watch Co. caught up with Steven to see what makes him tick.
What lead you back to stone after moving away from your artisan trade?
It was quite accidental. A friend of my wife asked me to make a stone plinth and suddenly I was hearing that I should make more. And that was it, no looking back!
Did your time in fashion and embroidery give you a new perspective on your skills?
Textiles is so process driven - being so many facets it's not just a case of working with the material. It was a lot more creative. I increased my ability to work with surface texture and aim for quality.
Do the functional elements of your designs stem from your original training as a stone mason?
Not really, I just see stone as another material, one that I have a history with. My knowledge is in depth.
Why's limestone your favored material?
It's my current material, not necessarily my favourite forever. I like to keep moving, I'm always exploring other materials.
What do you consider time well spent?
Studio time is time well spent. Time with family is time well spent.
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Find out more about Den holm http://www.den-holm.com/