I love creating. It's that simple. "My heart is happy when my hands are busy". This has been as true for my profession as Photo Director and Graphic Designer as it is now helming this brand – creating the things I love around me.
I have always been very conscious of "the footprint". This came from an extremely early age. This informs the products I buy and put on myself and place around me in my home. It goes as far as the way I clean. My Scottish Great-Grandmother (who lived in the Depression) could look at a coat or a jacket in a store window, go home and make it. That is the way I've always tried to create. She instilled in my mother (who taught me) that for the time and effort to make something it means more, lasts longer with fine materials; long wearing, where you know where they come from. I like telling stories (conversely and for the love of a good idiom and pun, I can "spin a good yarn"). I like to know where fibers, clays and dye sources come from. I will always try to give this little story back.
I have a penchant for vintage and antiques and bring this into my work long before I ever started working at Anthropologie where this was lauded. You tend to love tangible pieces more when you are connected with a land. I love New York state. I love the nature and the agriculture and it only took me 4 other states to realize that. I support these farms whenever I can but I also co-own a yarn stash of vintages yarns (some older than myself), some are out of business or discontinued that are my pool. I grew up with some of these fibers against my skin. They have memories. Memories I want to share.
I am relentlessly curious as a scientific artist could be. I love research. It served me in Advertising at my start, at Anthropologie building sets for store displays and every set and store thereafter. After Anthropologie I returned to design carrying over Environmental design and touch of hand conceptualizing sets and thoughtful props as a Photo Art Director for major retailers. I am and will forever be a maker; designing and constructing furniture, reupholstering chairs, sculpting and wiring lights, arms and legs deep in bramble and dye pots and working my handpowered Singer 201 to wield cloth I've created.
It is my deep love of fiber arts and ceramics that will be more core discipline to create, sell and teach. With an eye and a heart on this earth, this place that I love so strongly, I reclaim fabric and naturally dye fabric, sew and repurpose, weave, dye, blend and spin fibers, and knit. Glazes will be formulated from plants and a kiln I will soon finish to continue watch over clay babies in all of its many sensitive stages. And nothing, nothing, calms me or forces constructive thought like having a brush in my hand. It is my first love afterall, my catalyst.
PROFESH CREDS Specializing in retail brands for 14 years with such notable brands as Kendo Brands (LVMH-Sephora), Anthropologie, Tumi, Elie Tahari, PVH and Men's Wearhouse. Photo Art Direction for runway, still-life and on-figure catalog and lookbook studio photography. 360 Designer for the instore experience with windows, display and merchandising, tradeshow graphics and environmental design. Print design with luxury printing techniques and materials and deep on-press experience for direct mail, invitation, catalogs and lookbooks. Online web graphics and visual web design, email, social media. A true lover of typography, logo and branding.
WHERE, WHAT AND WHY
New Yorker (through and through)
Director | Designer | Craftsman
Lover of form. My heart is happy when my hands are busy. Hunting the beautiful and tickling the corner of your mouth.
AS SEEN IN MARIE CLAIRE
[ featured in the April 2017 issue ]