Spooning

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The word spooning, used  in either of its two meanings (conveying food to one’s mouth via a spoon, or cuddling close with someone), implies a kind of physical intimacy.

Norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud offers a third meaning for spooning with his art project of carving a new spoon every day from a different kind of wood.

Artist: Stian Korntved Ruud

Artist: Stian Korntved Ruud

He sketches each new creation, then tries carving it out, and the process sometimes requires several iterations.

The work also requires the right tool for every kind of wood and spoon.

Artist: Stian Korntved Ruud

Artist: Stian Korntved Ruud

I guess it goes without saying that this 365-day project is being disseminated through social media, which offers a completely different kind of transient intimacy.

Artist: Stian Korntved Ruud
Artist: Stian Korntved Ruud

But I am drawn to the patience, determination and quiet commitment to the daily exploration of fresh solutions for a problem that has long since been thought solved:

The humble spoon.

Read more about the project here, visit Ruud’s studio here, and see the Daily Spoon here.

Artist: Stian Korntved Ruud

Artist: Stian Korntved Ruud

 

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