Jo Ann Hopkins
The vast array of veneers available now makes it possible for me to take advantage of the grain and colour to fashion leaves or make patterns.
I study botanical art, so I can use my designs on the boxes. I need only look outside to be inspired by nature.
Whenever possible, I use wood that I have salvaged to make the boxes – often oak that has been used in wine making.
The craft of marquetry is intricate, precise, and exacting but it is a joy to see the result.