An update on the previous ottomans, these pieces incorporate industrial processes and traditional craft techniques to create a unique texture. Each piece is made with vegetable tanned leather strips knotted over a welded wire mesh form. They are made for longevity - durable in construction and will age beautifully with time.
A hybrid of industrial and craft processes—these ottomans are less bulky than traditional ottomans and also function as baskets when you are moving from one place to another.
Powder coated wire mesh, veg-tanned leather, 100% wool felt Lg: 18" x 18" x 16" Sm: 14" x 14" x 12"
Quilted Felt Screen
An adaptable, stretchable textile that can used as a dividing screen or for dampening acoustics.
Made of 100% wool felt.
A wooly lamp for the home made out of industrial felt scraps.
18" x 18" x 37"
Created for the exhibition "Fine Design for the End of the World" showing student work from Cranbrook Academy of Art during Collective Design Fair in Manhattan, NY.
This piece subverts the traditional notion of Fine Design by transforming a waste material (rubber inner tubes) into a precious object through a meticulous craft process and countless hours of human labor. In a world where the human population is growing at an alarming rate while machines are steadily replacing human labor, what is the value of the human hand? What is the value of ‘waste’ material?
A valet for worn clothing that are not ready for the wash yet. It acts as a holder for clothes that you want to throw on the floor or on a chair. It also acts as a coat rack.
It is light but sturdy and it packs flat.
Hard maple, recycled bicycle inner tubes
30"W x 45"D x 39"H
"The act of building was originally an act of gathering together what already existed into a more and more intricate order. As we stripped the trees of their bark and wove increasingly elaborate structures, we began to develop patterns or rhythms that were turned into decorative motifs. Decoration and structure were to Semper not two separate elements, but were intricately and inexorably bound together." - Aaron Betsky on Gottfried Semper's The Four Elements of Architecture
shelter chair 1
"There is an illness that lies in people who see the body as a gateway to abuse. Outward appearances, race, and gender are constantly monitored and acted upon against individual will. This infliction is like an oppressive virus, forcing the mind and body to incessantly fight it from the inside out, combating more than an external oppression but an oppression that has been created from within. We suffocate in our own skin as we fight to live in conflict with ourselves and our oppressors."
A bicycle rack and bus stop shelter outside of Storefront for Community Design, a volunteer-based design studio in Richmond, Virginia. The client needed a permanent bicycle rack with adjustable seating to accommodate different outdoor events. The shelter structure is collapsible and the rolling benches can be easily moved.
An exercise in intuitive making.
I used the scrap pieces of felt from a previous project and joined them together using hand quilting techniques.
They can be hung on the wall as decoration or hung from the ceiling as a visual / acoustic divider.
A planter made with a sweater that had accidentally shrunk in the wash.
A planter made using a sweater that had accidentally felted in the wash.
Dimensions: 8" x 11" x 5"
Strip Mines, Spoil Tips
An installation consisting of two conical cushions and a rug.
A gathering space.
A recollection of driving through the bare hilltops and stripped valleys of West Virginia.