The wall plaques which are produced by Selwyn are called 'Spirit Plaques' and 'Spirit Sticks'. The idea was initially inspired by North American Native Art, in particular work by Bill Reid and the Haida Tribe of British Columbia and Alaska.
It is a contemporary perspective of their native art. The panels are made of laminated solid timbers, birch plywood and coloured veneers which are glued together and shaped exposing the grain using oblique scoops and grooves. He enjoys experimenting with these laminations, which often develop into designs with unexpected patterns of colour.
The same construction is used in a variety of practical items, such as containers, pots and knife handles. His work is sold in the Dansel Gallery in Abbotsbury, and in exhibitions. Selwyn will also make special pieces of work to commission.
Born in Canada, Selwyn Holmes was educated in England and trained in 3D Design at Kingston upon Thames before starting ‘Dansel’ with his wife Danielle from their home near Bridport in 1976. They began by making one-off pieces of furniture to commission. In 1979 they expanded and moved to their present premises in Abbotsbury where, with the luxury of a selling space they were able to develop a range of smaller accessories to compliment the furniture. The workshop has now moved back to Eype where Selwyn works in his self-built cabin in homegrown woodland.