StigerWoods is a product by Amsterdam based artist Martijn Smulders, who is transferring pictures onto scaffolding wood for over six years. Debuting the iconic fish collection at Hutspot, the wooden artworks have become a stylish and original addition to any interior. We visited Martijn in his Amsterdam studio to discuss the original idea, design process, and its never-ending appeal.
StigerWoods was inspired after stumbling upon a similar printing technique in Bangkok. What was it that caught your attention?
I discovered these subtle landscape pictures on wood and was intrigued by their handcrafted aesthetic. I liked how the qualities of the wood were still visible through the image. After I returned home, I started experimenting with the technique and took the time to make it my own.
You have a background in fine art. Did your style change throughout the years?
Of course! I was making a lot of different things during my study such as pop art inspired 3D statues. However, I have always been interested in making art accessible. The word ‘art’ can have very heavy connotations and I have always been exploring ways to make my creations understandable. People could call my work commercial. I prefer to call it accessible art.