Legally blind Tasmanian furniture maker invited to exhibit work at international light show 

A Tasmanian furniture maker has been selected to exhibit his work at an international light show in Italy.Duncan Meerding, who lost most of his vision at 18, makes lamps from tree stumps that would usually be treated as waste wood.Mr Meerding’s workshop is full of lamps he is making for a new upmarket hotel in Hobart, some of which he will show at the Euroluce lighting show in Milan in early April.But he is determined that his story of success does not fall into common narratives around disability.”I think the media and the public in general have a real issue with disability in general, where there’s either the ‘hero’ mentality or the ‘poor person’, as in the pity mentality,” Mr Meerding said.”It is part of the journey I’ve been on and without my vision being degenerated when it did, I wouldn’t have designed the designs I have.

Source: Legally blind Tasmanian furniture maker invited to exhibit work at international light show – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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