Nick Carpenter

I am a luthier and have been making musical instruments for over 30 years. I grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia, where I played a number of instruments in different bands. I began Wildwood Instruments way back in 1999 making musical instruments and travelling around Australia selling them at music festivals. Eventually my partner and I moved to be in the thriving music metropolis that is Melbourne. There was a Wildwood Instruments shop in the heart of Brunswick for a good many years before we moved to Daylesford, where I now run weekend guitar making courses. My art career started a couple of years ago as a more creative outlet than the quite traditional techniques of guitar making. My art is based around musical instruments and the theme of music, a natural progression from my career thus far. Bringing together the skills of luthier, musician and artist I create a very unique style of art. I use a wide range of instruments that are mostly old and unusable, no longer fit for their intended use, and give them a second life. I am able to tell a story with these works, which was not possible when making instruments solely as a functional tool. There is so much to be said about music and the enormous impact it has had on our culture, all throughout human civilisation.

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Member Type: Individual
Location: Mount Franklin
Art Form: Multi Art-form

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