Photo: Courtesy of Dayan Designs
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Odedd Dayan, I was born in Seattle, WA, raised in Queens, NY and now live in South Florida with my wife and three kids. For as long as I can remember, I have been using my hands to build, fix and create. Since I was a little boy, my father taught me how to do everything myself – which is probably why I DIY everything today!
What inspired you to become an artist?
I have always enjoyed working with wood and more recently with epoxy resin. I am self taught and just really enjoy seeing the two mediums integrate and come together to create beautiful items, especially ones that people love to use and display in their homes.
What is your speciality?
I currently create Judaica items out of wood and epoxy resin.
How and where do you work?
I work in my home, in south Florida.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
Where do you take your inspiration? Are you pursuing any themes?
I take inspiration from the natural shape of the wood I am using and Judaic traditions.
Do you do bespoke work?
Yes, I am always making custom pieces, as people like to choose colors and engrave different phrases.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on making shtenders.
What is or are your favourite items in your current collection?
That is a very hard question, I love the way everything turns out. I think my favorite is always the last piece I make, until I make the next one.
How do you know when a piece is finished?
When the last bit is done and anything else added or changed would change the piece’s look completely and when my wife approves 🙂 .
What was the first artwork you ever sold?
A challah board.
Which project have you enjoyed working on the most so far?
Challah Boards because I truly believe the best memories are made gathered around the table and love that I can be a part of that.
What do you want to achieve with your work and what are your wishes for the future?
I hope to keep creating beautiful pieces that people love and use in their homes, pieces that become part of their traditions and home décor.
Where can we find your work?
Photos: Courtesy of Dayan Designs