From East to West

Since graduation from Maine College of Art, my furniture designs have been evolving. For those of you who have not heard, I am moving to the west coast to continue my furniture explorations. Over the next nine days I will be driving from Massachusetts to California, where I will be visiting San Diego State University. I remain fascinated with collapsable furniture, yet recently I have become equally interested in history. I have been searching for new ways to incorporate elements of time and texture in my work. 

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

This Summer I had a fantastic opportunity to study with Wendy Maruyama at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Wendy's course focused on learning traditional tambour construction techniques, and then pushing the limits of this unique way of building. While experimenting with my own samples for the class, I began to rough-up the wooden sticks of the tambour. I then painted and oiled the pieces to make them appear weathered. I was fascinated with these samples and their ability to "tell a story" through their roughness. 

The woodworking studio at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

The woodworking studio at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Sample tambours paired with painted plywood

Sample tambours paired with painted plywood

I especially enjoy how weathered hardwood pairs with machined plywood. The contrast creates  dialogues between handmade and machine-made. I am hoping to utilize my trip across country to build a new database of imagery and inspiration. Please check back frequently to learn more about my trip and to find out where my work is headed.