Martha Sturdy is an artist and designer born and raised in British Columbia who has always been inspired and guided by the elements. Materials such as salvaged cedar, brass and steel form her sculpture, wearable, wall and standing pieces, and work in resin, which forms much of the STURDY collection of furniture, table top and design products. Sturdy’s creations are hand-worked with traditional methods in the workshop she founded in 1978, in Vancouver.
Never delicate, but often pared down, Sturdy’s work finds a balance in its weightiness and a resolve in its proportion, each an investment in aesthetic and in function. Sturdy's works are constantly engaged in a conversation of scale. Having started out with the limited resources of a young art school graduate, early on Sturdy was forced to adapt the proportions of her vision. Her yearn to create large pieces could not yet be fulfilled and so began working in a scale accessible to her — wearable maquettes.
Sturdy went on to gain international notoriety for her influence in functional art and design. Her iconic wearable sculpture evolved into further series of sculptural home furnishings using resin, steel, brass and salvaged cedar.
The STURDY studio has since expanded to provide sophisticated, enduring custom furniture and fixtures for fashion, retail and hospitality clients including, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Four Seasons, and Fairmont. Quality, integrity of design, and balance are signature elements of a STURDY piece, each individually made to be enjoyed, touched, used, and seen for years.