Daddy Long Legs is the fourth piece in the Dancelines Collection, a series inspired by ‘the lyricism of renowned dancers’. This is Ruth Thompson’s homage to the famously long-legged Fred Astaire. Ruth aims to create visually complex pieces, using simple elements. She cites both the Shaker and Bauhaus design influences. Using a mix of traditional and contemporary manufacturing techniques, solid timber and veneers and luxury textiles and other materials, Ruth creates high quality products that provoke a response in the viewer.

After 35 years of teaching high school students wood-based curriculum, focussing on developing their design ethos and high-quality manufacturing skills, Ruth is now dedicated to her own practice. A Churchill fellowship enabled her to complete a furniture design program at The Royal College of Art, London. Ruth now manufactures domestic furniture for gallery sale and on commission in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

Daddy Long Legs, 2021
Tasmania blackwood, silver ash, ebony from reclaimed piano keys
1600 x 500 x 300mm

Image top: Ruth Thompson, Daddy Long Legs, 2021 Photo: Peter Thompson