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Mixed Media in Santa Fe

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The work of mixed media artist Pascal Pierme has been inspiring me for years.   He lives in one of my favorite places on earth – Santa Fe, New Mexico – and his unique approach to sculpting with wood and metal resonates with my fundamental interest in color, texture and composition.




I am fortunate enough to have one of Pascal’s wall pieces in my own home.  While the Pascal is a great conversation piece, it is also the perfect compliment to the finishes, palette and furnishings of the space.


photo by Ben Tremper

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Lights By United Glass Blowing

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

My fellow Rhode Island School of Design alumni Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar are making some pretty fantastic light fixtures.   Their glass blowing studio – United Glass Blowing – is located in Santa Ana, California, and known previously for the vessels that Caleb and his team produce.



Imagine my delight when I recently visited the United Glass Blowing website and was introduced to their new line of light fixtures!  I love all of them, and hope that I can find many, many ways to support Caleb and Carmen as they venture into the world of lighting.


White Ivory Lattimo Cone Pendant: milk glass focusing on form rather than color.  13″T x 4.5″W


Sargasso Happy Kiss Light: this line plays with the reflective and malleable qualities of glass.  5″T x 5″W


Clear Beehive Pendant: a thick, clear pendant that revels in the material.  9″T x 7″W


Amber Banded Orb Pendant: inspired by the rich hues and undulating topography of Southern California.  9″T x 9″W

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Collaborative Adventures with BirdDog Press

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

I’ve been working with Alli Bozeman and her Lyons, Colorado based letterpress studio BirdDog Press for over a year now on various projects.  We joke that we need to have weekly meetings to talk design, stay inspired and celebrate the art of making…in fact, we’ve been doing just that.  Over the coming weeks I plan on featuring a few of the projects that we’ve collaborated on, including pieces for my wedding, which was held in November at Dunton Hot Springs in the far reaches of southwestern Colorado.




Inspired by the rustic luxury that Dunton embodies, Alli and I set out to create some ultra-unique wedding invites.  Two logistical factors played into our design decisions: 1. the wedding was rather spontaneous and left very little time for long-range planning or ordering letterpress plates; 2. we only needed to make six invitations.  Alli has been collecting vintage wood type for her press, so we quickly decided to make use of what she had in-house.  Rather coincidentally, she had just received some wood veneer samples from a friend and furniture maker – perfect to connect with the weathered wood structures at Dunton.  We ordered some walnut veneer (my favorite wood species) from Flux Fine Furniture and got started with the printing.


The Vintage Press at BirdDog’s Studio


Alli setting type.


We first blind debossed a wheat-like organic texture into soft cotton paper…it was a November wedding, after all, and we wanted a visual connection to this time of harvest.  Next came the printing of Joe’s and my names using Alli’s vintage wood typeface, followed by a simple scroll pattern to bookend the top and bottom of the page.




Lead type is then set in a framework of spacers and braces – we wanted to keep the message simple and decided to limit the information to the date and location, printed in a bright orange as an accent to the text spelling out our names.


Mocking up the printed piece on walnut veneer with orange grommets and a sprig of wheat.  The walnut will be drilled to accommodate the grommets, and the cotton paper punched.  The thin walnut warped in the dry Colorado climate, an unintended benefit that harks back to the weathered cladding of Dunton’s cabins.



The invites were then placed in boxes, a sprig of dried wheat was added to give the piece more dimension, and the boxes were wrapped in leather and aluminum wire, and finished with a piece of orange coral.  Alli rescued the worn leather remnants from a local upholstery shop – they were going to be thrown away!



Lastly, we were lucky enough to have the final piece photographed on site – in the place that inspired the design in the first place.  These final two photos are by the very talented Julia Vandenover.



Next week I’ll be featuring another BirdDog collaborative adventure – our welcome buckets and place cards.  Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

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krDESIGNco loves Heath Ceramics

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I was introduced to Heath Ceramics years ago while visiting a girlfriend in Berkeley, California.  We spent a day at their Sausalito factory and showroom and I was immediately in awe.  Founded in 1948 by Edith Heath, Heath Ceramics is known for handcrafting tile and tableware for those who appreciate classic, modern design paired with functionality.



Heath’s pieces live in the permanent collection of the MoMA as well as in hotels, restaurants, retailers and homes that focus on exceptional design.


Since Edith Heath became the first non-architect to win the prestigious AIA Gold Medal Award for the exterior tile on Pasadena’s Norton Simon museum, Heath’s ceramic tile has been known for its high quality and design-leading aesthetics.


Interior of Skirkanich Hall at University of Pennsylvania


Residential home exterior by Addison Strong

Heath Ceramics is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today.  Not only am I drawn to their work because I love the form, color, pattern and texture of everything Heath creates, I am also inspired by Edith Heath’s vision and impact as a strong and talented woman making her mark by following her dreams.


Please visit the Heath Ceramics website at I hope that you’ll appreciate their work as much as I do!

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