Meet the Makers: Metal Furniture Maker Bob Campbell
In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves.
Today, we feature our interview with Bob Campbell, industrial designer of mechanical and industrial furniture/art. Bob owns and operates Stig-Art in England, which makes unique sculptural furniture made from recycled materials. We enjoyed Bob’s utilitarian answers, which perhaps offer a glimpse into the nature of his work.
GPI Design: What (3) words best describe your work?
Bob Campbell: Authentic – Inspiring – and a touch of Sublime
GPI: What compels you to create with this particular medium?
Campbell: I create with recycled metals and other materials because of poverty, and the belief that one person can truly make a difference.
GPI: What is your biggest constraint in the creative process?
Campbell: The biggest constraint has to be my own imagination and my crippling self doubt.
GPI: What would your 5 year old former self say about your work now? And what do you hope your future 90 year old self will say about your current work?
Campbell: My 5 year old former self would say, wow! And my 90 year old self would say the same.
GPI: What other maker would you most like to collaborate with?
Campbell: To be honest, I do not play well with others. Creation for me is a solitary process.
GPI: What do you think the future of creation/creativity holds (for you, and the artistic world as a whole)?
Campbell: I have absolutely no idea what the future of creation hold for me, (probably another uncomfortable chair).
GPI: What does your work space look like right now? Send us a selfie of you in your creative arena!
Many thanks to Bob Campbell for the insight into his craft. Stay tuned to our next Meet the Makers interview coming up in two weeks! The interviews will publish every other Tuesday throughout the remainder of the year, focusing on a wide variety of makers, which has us truly redefining what it means to create.
View this maker’s work: Stig-Art