Jay Rubinstein

I have developed my woodworking skills over the past 30 years or so but recently I have focussed on making larger and more ambitious wooden mobiles.

My mobiles are constructed out of natural wood veneers laminated together to create or suggest three dimensional shapes.  The veneers are less than 1mm thick which allows me to form them into the shapes I need.  Gluing two or more layers together means that they are held in shape.

The work involves juggling a number of factors and considerations, the different colours produced by various timbers, the shapes it is possible to make and the shapes it is possible to suggest, the stringing of the pieces and the movement available in the final piece. I enjoy the way it is possible to suggest shapes and connections rather than making them always explicit and the fact that at a shape can be two things at once, a flame and a feather or a bird and the scale on a fish.  Finally, of course there is the balance of all the pieces so that they hang correctly and move satisfactorily

While the image I work with often starts with a poem, inevitably it changes and develops as I construct the piece. I can find myself returning to the same idea several times. Each time I find a slightly (or sometimes very) different approach. While often frustrating in the process there is a great satisfaction if I can finally produce the effect that I’m aiming at.


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