Grew up in Munich, Germany, went to school in Boston, living in Portland now.
What’s your background?
I got my BFA in Boston with a focus on painting, but also worked in photography, graphic design, and mixed media sculpture. Furniture design has always been influential, as have been textiles and patterns in general.
How do you work?
In my own work I love interesting conversations between materials, following intuition, and generally focusing on the process. I enjoy working collaboratively with others, making decisions within the intersection of combined aesthetics and understanding of functionality.
What art do you most identify with?
I've always been interested in modernist painting and midcentury architecture, products from craft schools like the Wiener Werkstaette and the Bauhaus. But, I especially adore silly/weird work by artists like Sigmar Polke, Nina Katchadourian, Studio Bertjan Pot, Les Ramsay.
What work do you most enjoy doing?
As probably everyone would say, I really like working with my hands. Feeling out a beautiful fabric, gorgeous leather, awesome textures, and a good stretch... Having worked at an art library throughout college, I also really enjoy research and cataloging.
What themes do you pursue?
Working towards the sweet spot where simplicity, detail, pattern, wit, intuition, and historical reference elegantly come together. The clash of super functional and weird/unnecessary.
How has your practice changed over time?
The idea of high vs. low art, and concepts of skill, production and 'readymade' fascinate me. I used to spend a lot of time planning and conceptualizing, and a lot less time making. The older I get the more I value craftsmanship and the physical time it takes to make something. Trying now to combine the two.
Describe a real life situation that inspired you?
I recently got to witness a team hand blowing extremely delicate glass stemware. Having never witnessed a process like it, I was ~blown away~ by a collaborative practice that requires such focus, seamless teamwork, all while looking so much like an elegant dance.
Professionally what’s your goal?
I love upholstery, surface design, and want to continue translating patterns into textile, learn more about fabric dyes, and develop custom pieces. Beyond that, I want to travel and study traditional textile techniques across the world.
What three artists/designers have given you the most inspiration?
Arne Jacobsen was my first design love, Josef Albers my first color crush, and Droog design first gave me hope in humanity.
What wouldn’t you do without?
Scissors, bike, sewing machine.