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Meet Martin Hernandez of Martin Alexander Studio in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Martin Hernandez.

Martin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been a wood artist and furniture maker for the past five years. I was introduced to woodworking while at Cal State Long Beach and ultimately graduated from their wood program in 2018. I opened my studio practice right after to continue making work. Over the past two years, I’ve worked under other artists and furniture studios to gain experience and grow my practice. I recently moved to the downtown area to open shop. My practice is fluid and ranges from chair design to woodturning. I am currently focused on defining my voice by figuring out how to incorporate my Mexican American upbringing and merging it with the tenets of fine woodworking.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After leaving school, I faced the same struggles many graduates face when leaving, the loss of a workspace. After graduation, I had to take several months off to focus on working and taking up side projects to be able to save money to buy machines and tools. In October of 2019, I was finally able to make the move to the downtown area and able to afford my studio space which I share with my partner.

Please tell us more about your art.
I make work that ranges from furniture to sculpture. I specialize in making one off pieces as opportunities arise. Having a small operation allows me to explore new ideas on a day to day basis. My studio operates on exploring original designs and methods to crafting interior objects that people want to have in their homes.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Passion. Being passionate about what I do justifies the sacrifices I make for my studio practice to be successful. Also, being friendly and personable in the furniture world is important. It’s a small world.

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