StigerWoods is a product by Amsterdam artist Martijn Smulders, who transfers pictures onto scaffolding wood. Back in 2013, Martijn started selling his iconic fish collection at Hutspot. Today, the wooden artworks have become a stylish and original addition to any interior.
Martijn Smulders says about the design process of StigerWoods: “Recycled scaffolding wood is the most beautiful base material because it is an effective waste material. As a result, this gives a lot of character and an edge to the final product. Firstly, I soften the edges and apply a base of white paint to make the image come out better. Secondly, I print the image on transfers which are printed on the tiles afterward. The wood absorbs the ink which makes the qualities of the wood shine through the image. Remarkably, there is barely any color loss.
The most difficult part is a technique that I call ‘rullen’. Here, I remove the transfer from the wood which involves a lot of tough handwork. Finally, every tile is finished with a layer of epoxy. This is a difficult process because the coating is sensitive to a lot of different things such as warmth, dust, and hair. However, the end result makes all the hard work very rewarding.”
Connotations and use
By adding a layer of epoxy coating, the wooden artworks start to remind of classic Dutch painted tiles. StigerWoods is mostly recognized through the portrayal of beautiful, edible exotic fish.