Greta de Parry
“Haters gonna hate. Makers gonna make.”
-Greta de Parry
When asked about her entry into the world of woodworking, Greta de Parry describes her experience as “less of a moment, more of a natural evolution”.
For de Parry, the process of becoming an esteemed woodworker was a delicate balance between learning the craft and gaining confidence in her abilities. Armed with an MFA in Sculpture and Designed Objects from The Art Institute of Chicago, and a passion for artfully designed furniture, de Parry dove headfirst into the world of woodworking for the practical, everyday life.
What makes de Parry unique is her distinct desire to physically construct the world around her. She dreams of a house that she would build with her own two hands, adorned with handmade and beautifully crafted wood furnishings. She revels in the thought of processing “every single piece of wood from start to finish… every single floor board, every piece of furniture.”
Design is About Intuition
The design process for de Parry begins with a few small sketches, and ends with expertly crafted models. Her greatest tool in this process? “I’m just letting my intuition lead the way; building what feels right, finding a tangible balance.” de Parry does not abide by any specific rule of design, she prefers to build things that feel right to her. She believes that good design is the core of a successful piece. “A good design can withstand the test of time and the churn of stylistic trends.”
Don’t Fear Failure
As a woman in the woodworking industry, de Parry has encountered her share of challenges. She believes that failure is imminent in the creative sphere, though it should not be feared.
It takes time to perfect your style and technique, and de Parry believes that you are the only one who can bring your ideas and dreams to life. Physically, the work she does can be labor intensive and grueling and in turn she has been the brunt of many pieces of doubtful or critical commentary.
Her Advice to Young Designers?
“Strength is a characteristic that transcends gender. Show the world how strong you are, and don’t let the critics affect the way you approach your craft.”
Keep it honest. Keep it simple. Make it beautiful. Make it last. That is Greta de Parry.