Clothes carved from timber

jacket from the wood

(From Daily Mail) Here’s an artist that likes to go against the grain – making incredible life-like clothes out of wood.

Fraser Smith, from Natchez, Mississippi, is a master woodcarver who tries to fool the eye with his intricate sculpting skills using a art technique called trompe l’oeil.

Trompe l’oei is an art technique that uses imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects are real.

It is often used in murals and has been used since Greek and Roman times, for example in Pompeii. One famous exponent was the Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, who utilised the technique for a number of his paintings.

He’s made almost an entire wardrobe including bomber jackets, leather jackets, quilts, baseball caps and basketball shirts.

The 54-year-old, who has been carving since the age of 10, said: ‘I make trompe l’oeil wood sculptures of items made of fabric or leather.

Mr Smith’s work is on display at the Russeck Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida.

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