I process my surroundings and understanding of the world through creating. As a young child, I would help my single mother prepare wood and supplies for craft classes in our kitchen. We often joked we consumed more saw dust than food in our home. This built a sense of family, community, and providing (or surviving) that informs my work.
I challenge myself to create rather than consume. Finding joy in discovering the discards of others or using materials that I can rescue. Reclaiming pieces allow me to imagine the history and past of the piece while applying my own touch. This approach also supports a financial and environmental mindset.
I mix mediums, materials and skills to provide unique outcomes in my work. Many of my projects have a base tie to wood, as that is the foundation of my creative experience and childhood. I bridge physical, artistic and technologic skills when creating my work. Providing warmth and a handmade aesthetic fitting of a family-centered and positive environment.
I am influenced by handmade artisans of craft fairs and Etsy seller. Fairytales and child like happiness speak to my soul and energize me. I am drawn to colorful, creative and whimsical works. Examples include: Joy Cho (ohjoy.com), Mica May (maydesigns.com), Lisa Congdon (lisacongdon.com), Lisa Glanz (lisaglanz.com) and recently Tord Boontje.
I seek to find beauty in the imperfect and am inspired to help others see themselves in the best light possible. My handmade technique and aesthetic provides a primitive style that leans into mistakes and imperfections. This allows the viewer to feel the work is more approachable and relatable to real life. Often, I incorporate inspirational quotes and themes that empower the viewer, especially audience. I provide a narrative of self-love and acceptance of “imperfections.”