Chelsea Witt is a woodworker, illustrator, and educator. Their work utilizes rudimentary shapes to explore the way that simplicity and complexity coexist as a response to internal and external events. Chelsea has a passion for teaching those who would not typically have access to or have been underrepresented in the woodworking field. Chelsea is the Education Chair for the Chair Maker's Toolbox as well as volunteering for the Furniture Society, a Workshop of Our own, and the Maine Crafts Association.
After graduating from the University of South Florida with a BFA they have worked and taken opportunities up and down the east coast seeking growth in furniture making specifically. Chelsea has worked for and or studied under makers such as Alexis Dold, Tyler Hays (BDDW), Christina Boy, Aaron Fedarko, and David Upfill-Brown. They have attended courses at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Chelsea 's teaching experience includes: the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME), Penland (NC), Peters Valley (NJ), Pocosin (NC), Port Townsend (WA), Haystack (ME). Their work has been shown at: Centre Gallery (FL), Messler Gallery (ME), Wayne Arts Center (PA), Peters Valley (NJ).
Currently Chelsea is teaching age 10-18 year olds in New Jersey and spends the summers in Mid Coast Maine teaching and focusing on their personal practice.
Both my drawing and furniture serve as a reflection into the intricacies of human emotion and hardships. It is an invitation to engage with the inner self and to acknowledge and embrace the complexity of our emotional journeys and experiences. Movement and complexity start to take form through the deliberate use of rudimentary shapes and repetition. My work is a reflection of my own human experience, driven by the act of repeated patterns and delving into the depths of complex emotional struggles stemmed by internal and external events. I hope to inspire introspection, empathy, and a deeper connection to the differences within the human experience.