Product Design

After a winter of creating artwork I am beginning to see some fruits of my labor. In May, my work was accepted into The Eisenhauer Gallery  on Martha’s Vineyard for an August 9th opening. I am thrilled and have been working non stop to get ready for the show. Then a couple of weeks ago I was happily surprised to see two of my latest pieces featured on the New England Home blog.

Below are images of the barnacle cuff. It is representation of my Away We Go eggshell mosaic, featured on my May 4th post. The cuff is a cropped section of a photo I took of the mosaic, then hand etched and shaped on brass. An interesting and fun process. These will be sold at the show alongside its side kick Away We Go.

Away we go  [eggshells / found wood / steel frame 28 1/2 x 28]

“Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It’s much sexier than any body part . “Aimee Mullins.

The other day I came across an article about Aimee Mullins, the amazing Athlete /Model / Actress / Superwomen and the latest L’oreal Paris spokesperson. Listening to her story literally gave me the chills. It is absolutely remarkable what she has accomplished in her lifetime this far!

Aimee is best known for becoming the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA, at Georgetown’s Division I track team. She was outfitted with woven carbon-fiber prostheses that were modeled after the hind legs of a cheetah. She went on to set World Records in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the long jump..

Aimee became a muse to Alexander McQueen ,walking the runway in his London show using intricately carved wooden prosthetics.

And those are just to name a couple of her amazing accomplishments. I highly recommend watching the links below to learn more about this amazing woman!

Aimee Mullins: How my legs give me super powers – YouTube

Making-of Aimee Mullins – YouTube

{via Studio Thirsty Crow}


When I lived in Boston, my finance and I built a swing for our artist loft, which I posted about on June 14, 2010.  It was a perfect seat, great entertainment, and a beautiful design.  I always like seeing  creative materials/designs for indoor swings. Here is a cool one I just came across, the Swing Necklace, by German interior designer Johanna Richter, made of either beechwood or wool felt.


{via TheDesignerPad }

A few weeks ago (Nov. 4) I posted about Nau, an outdoor clothing and apparel company that I really like. Tonight I was on Cool Hunting‘s website and was happily surprised to see them post about a great project that Nau is working on called “Portraits of our Friends”…it makes me like the company even more!

“Identifying 12 people that truly represent the Nau spirit, the Portland-based brand created ten compelling profiles of subjects spanning writers to butchers. As part of their ongoing project called “Portraits of our Friends,” Nau’s Provocateurs live by codes in keeping with the Nau ethos and serving as a benchmark for the type of people for which they design their products.” {via Cool Hunting}

Below are some of the some of Nau’s Provocateurs:

Jeremy Pelley of Official Manufacturing Co. (OMFGCO) & Camas Davis, writer and founder of the Portland Meat Collective


Jane Beebe director of the gallery PDX Contemporary Art & Dee Williams founder of Portland Alternative Dwelling


Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, the team behind Truck Farm & Shannon Holt of Super Relax Concept

Painter, jewelry designer, and an artist in every way, Leah Piepgras creates ethereal and provocative pieces of work in countless mediums. Her latest endeavor is “Consumption, a five-piece place setting used during the mental, physical, and spiritual act of consuming.”  Leah describes the dishes as “a map of the digestive tract from mouth to anus.  They are a reminder of the processes that are taking place within you while you are eating, promoting an exercise in mindfulness. ” These dishes are being produced in a limited addition by Pickard China in Illinois. They are currently available on her web site ( for pre-order.


the esophagus


the liver, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas


the  small intestine, colon

I love swings, especially when they are indoor! A couple of years ago my boyfriend and I installed a swing that he made for our artist loft in Boston. We use it daily as a seat, as natural air conditioning during the hot Boston summers, and it is always a hit with guests. We can easily move the furniture, which gives us the ability to fully swing (even do the underdog!). Ever since we put it in I am aware of all the different types of swings out there. Here is one that is made out of retired wine barrels found on  UncommonGoods.

{via NOTCOT}

Our loft.

Traveling and exploring are two of my favorite things to do in life. For her masters thesis Magda Lipka Falck designed a travel guide complete with a set of cards dishing out creative ideas on how to explore your area, the world, and your mind. A couple of examples include,  “Imagine a song you haven’t heard in a long time. Move your body with the music. Turn right when the song ends.” Or, “Ask a stranger which is their favorite street. Go there.” I love that one!

This is how Magda describes her book:

“There are many different types of travel. Sometimes they carry us right across the globe, sometimes out into space and sometimes just around the block. Sometimes there is a journey going on inside us.
(Magda) has created a travel guide that is situated somewhere in the middle. A travel guide that will hopefully lead you to places you have never seen before – though you may visit them every day. A place you have forgotten, a place you have never searched for or a place that does not exist.”

{via  Cool Hunting}