Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen is the Head of the Furniture Workshop of the School of Art & Design at Australian National University. She has more than 20 years of experience as a practising designer, maker, and educator, engaging in Practice-led Research that straddles sculpture, contemporary studio craft, and critical design. Since 2012, she has been developing and delivering new coursework in furniture design and woodworking, as well as interdisciplinary courses across contemporary crafts at the ANU. Ashley is also the Undergraduate Convenor of the ANU School of Art & Design (SOA&D), a member of the ANU Major Equipment Committee, and former convenor of the SOA&D Craft & Design studios.
Over the past decade, Ashley has been salvaging timber and appropriating discarded wood furniture to construct her artworks. Her work addresses deforestation, reduction of wildlife habitat, contested/shared landscapes, natural resource use, consumerism and waste. She is a strong believer in the power of contemporary craft and design as a means of tackling pressing environmental and societal issues and has organised projects and exhibitions such as the ACT Witness Tree Project. Ashley exhibits her works nationally and internationally. Her work was recently curated into the seminal exhibit “Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking” (Philadelphia, USA) featuring the women who have been at the forefront of the studio craft movement in wood.
Ashley hails from California, where she was an engineering geologist prior to becoming incurably obsessed with woodworking and furniture design. She has a lifelong interest in environmental issues and the longevity of objects.
2012-present—Australian National University School of Art & Design, Head of Furntiure Workshop, Senior Lecturer
Master of Fine Arts, Furniture Design—Rhode Island School of Design, 2000.
Advanced Certificate, Fine Woodworking—College of the Redwoods (The Krenov School), 1998.
Bachelor of Science, Geological Sciences—Boston College, 1992.