Afyre Design started in 2014. Pyrography is the art of creating an image onto wood with heat or flame. After I accidentally burnt my car down a few years ago it secured my reputation as a burner and now heat and fire has become part of my life- which is interesting as I'm a fire sign and also need warmth to function.
Born in Perth Western Australia, I spent a lot of time in the coastal crayfishing town of Cervantes where I fell in love with the ocean and country. Now I live in the South West Cape of WA and call Margaret River my home. Being a creative person, I do all sorts of arts but Pyrography is my passion. I draw inspiration from nature and I'm a self taught artist. I blend photo realism and surrealism, often using multiple references to create one piece and freehand most of my work so each one is totally unique.
The canvas I love to use is natural wood like Marri. I adventure out on specialised trips around my region to source the wood, cut them to size and plane and sand them smooth, prepping them for new projects. The hard woods take longer to burn but the finished canvas looks amazing and the hard work is definitely worth the finished product. I often use plywood too as this burns easily and creates a good contrast.
Depending on the wood and tools I use, it can take many many hours to burn an image. My projects can be applied to any size and each piece teaches me new techniques with my larger pieces created utilising blowtorches. I love that I'm constantly learning with each creation.The style of pyrography I do, slowly builds up the image layer by layer until I am satisfied the piece has come alive.
Now I have a new found love of all things wood and have finally found a creative energy that satisfies me therapeutically. Zen...