is a designer who focuses on materials and objects, and is presently based in Detroit, MI. For CV click on the wormy shelf :-) ------->>
*object-oriented design* >>>
empathetic + open objects
simultaneity of being & becoming
her current body of work engages in objects that redefine their own roles in and relationships to the domestic landscape.
She leverages both woodworking and vessel making processes to explore new and unexpected forms of communal systems. Because vessels serve as loaded social and cultural objects that typically act as an intermediary between people and space, what happens when their intended use becomes obscured or reconfigured? What sorts of new communal space or cultural realities are created?
Open to inquiries, commissions, collaboration, or even a friendly hello.
b. 1991, San Francisco, CA
2020 MFA 3D, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2013 BFA Textiles with Honors, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2020 (Upcoming) Never Normal Exhibition with Form & Seek, Wasserman Projects, Detroit Design Month, Detroit, MI
2020 (Upcoming) Stop Making Sense: Expanded Practices in Contemporary Craft, Center Gallery at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
2020 Dezeen Virtual Graduate Show, Digital Show
2020 Cranbrook Graduate Degree Exhibition, Digital Show
2019 Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Farmington Hills, MI
2019 SUBSTANCE Exhibition with Form & Seek, Detroit Design Month, Detroit, MI
2019 Outreach, Proximity Gallery, Digital Show
2019 Design Mutations, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), Constellation Award, New York, NY
2018 Define: Materials Group Show, Portland Design Week, Portland, OR
2020 (Upcoming) Adjunct Faculty for Graduate Color & Materials Design Studio III, Course CMD-701-A, College for Creative Studies
2019 - 2020 Studio Manager for 3D Department, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2019 - 2020 Student-Led Fabrication Workshop Series Coordinator, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2019 Guest Critic for Industrial Design Class, Lawrence Technical University, Southfield, MI
2018 Guest Thesis Critic for Color, Materials, and Finishes Graduate Department, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
2013 - 2018 Materials Designer, NIKE Sportswear, Performance Basketball, and Field Sports Footwear, NIKE Inc, Beaverton, OR
2011 – 2013 Textiles Artist Mentor, New Urban Arts, Providence, RI
2011 – 2013 Scholarships for Service, Americorps Member, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2012 Project Open Door Amgen Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Awards & Residencies
2020 Dezeen Awards Longlist for Furniture Design
2020 Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Prize, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2019 Gere Kavanaugh Design Scholarship, Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2019 Artist-in-Residence, Conduit, Happy Valley, OR
2019 Constellation Award, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), New York, NY
2018 Winter Artist-in-Residence, Penland School of Crafts, Asheville, NC
2012 Textron Fellowship Award, Rhode Island School of Design Merit Scholarship, Providence, RI
2012 Leadership Recognition, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2020 Pink Essay
2020 Sight Unseen Saturday Selects
2019 DesignCore for Detroit Design Month, SUBSTANCE Exhibition with Form & Seek
Untitled (Macaroni for Every Being)
In collaboration with Brett Evans
56" x 56" x 21.5"
Untitled (Macaroni for Every Being) attempts to find new communal object systems that oscillate between our known human understanding of them and that of the objects’ experience of inhabiting those structures. Some of these structural design experiments explore the ‘in-betweenness’ of objects in terms of their value as both functional furniture and as objects that can possess their own agency. With the end applications ranging from table top vessels to full scale ambiguous forms that could potentially be a low table, all objects utilize a mixture of traditional materials wood and ceramic.
Object / Subject
23" x 12.75" x 10"
Object / Subject features a multi-use object that combines both glass vessels and table top form.
Culture Club v2
Wood, Glass, Ceramic
40” x 14” x 34"
Culture Club v2 leverages traditional vessel making processes to explore nested systems within objects.
Part of Permanent Collection at Cranbrook Art Museum
Culture Club v1
Wood, Glass, Ceramic
Culture Club v1 aims to explore ideas of use-value through stacked radially symmetrical vessel forms.