To say that Zaxxr Llewellyn’s work is “interesting” or “unique” doesn’t feel quite right. It’s so much more than that. His pieces are one-of-a-kind artistic sculptures that are also primarily functional… blurring the line between art and design. Every single piece has a story. I’m thrilled that he’s going to be part of the new MADE:MODERN section at the WestEdge Design Fair this year. I talked more with him about his process and where his design inspiration comes from:
You work with acrylic, wood and other materials – what material do you like working with most?
The materials I most like working with are natural. Primarily because when I first started to design, I lived in a log cabin in Montana and the materials that were available to me were all natural. I’m reminded of my past, my youth and the rawness of my initial design works.
What are you looking forward to at this year’s WestEdge Design Fair?
What I looking forward to the most about WestEdge is the opportunity to meet new people, and hopefully inspire a young person to pursue a career in design.
What is your design process like?
My design process involves going for a long walk in a new city, community, or in a remote corner of the world. My inspirations are drawn from the volatile and subtle beauty in people, cities, or the overwhelming power of nature. I always start with a sketch, a simple pen and ink drawing. From there I usually create a 3D image. Sometimes I just start to build, because I feel compelled to.
What’s your studio like?
My studio looks like an art museum because I’m a sucker for beauty.
How did you get interested in art and design in the first place?
I became interested in design first, when I used to look at old black and white movies. I used to look at the beautiful old houses which were a departure from were I lived. Yet, it was where I lived in both the rough hard edged cities and beautiful mountains of my youth, which inspired my love for design, and taught me how design can transform lives.
You have a section on your website about charitable works – can you tell me more about that?
My charity is important to me, because it is by serving others that I/we pay our rent for living in this world. Through my charity I focus on helping people pay for an education, eat or just live their dream. A thousand dollars is minimal in the States but in the third world it’s a ticket to a education and a better life for a whole family.
What’s the inspiration behind the sculptural form of the Barstow Type S?
The Barstow was inspired by three things: Animal skulls which use to litter the mountains around my home, a former lover’s body, and was designed to honor a friend who loved and believed in me.
What are you working on right now?
I’m still working on my newest piece, it is the most beautiful piece I’ve ever created. But I’ll reveal that soon.