I come from old world roots, a traditional upbringing on a family farm which instilled a very solid work ethic. The example set by the strong women around me gave me the knowledge that if I wanted something, I could make it myself.
Life then brought me a kindred spirit, another determined dreamer and maker, and we began a squirrel’s journey of traveling, collecting, and preparing for something bigger. Bernie and I agreed on a mutual goal of going to school for design. By renovating, flipping houses, running our own successful tiling business and then selling it all, we were able to fulfill our dream.
My passion stems from the belief that design should make you feel something beyond the satisfaction of basic function. It is both experiential and emotional. The choice of materials, color, pattern, and the tactility of an object, has a direct impact on how it affects people emotionally and how they will choose to interact with it. My personal aesthetic makes you want to look twice, to be intrigued and engaged; to bring an element of illusion or the fantastic that shares my sense of curiosity with others.
Will Smith once said “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity." I’m glad I've taken a different path :)