I've always believed that I could change anything I wanted about myself and my surroundings with a little intention. Somewhere around my junior year in college, I figured out that these skills (adaptability, flexibility, and problem-solving) didn't only make me a chameleon, but they could make me a good designer too.
So, I finished up my bachelor's degree in flute performance, and headed off to Walla Walla University to obtain a B.S. in Industrial Design. Fast forward to June of 2019, when I completed my M.F.A. in Furniture Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. These last four years in design school gave me practical experience in creating concepts, computer modeling, rendering and prototyping as well as teaching me a few important lessons.
First, being a good designer is about knowing when to (or not to) reinvent the wheel. Second, one of the most important things a designer brings to the table is their experience outside of design. For me that comes from my experience as a performer, the time I spend in hobbies like gardening and reading, and all the journeys life has taken me on. Last, as Charles Eames once said, "The details are not the details; they make the product."
My strengths a designer include designing products to fill out an existing collection or to match a brand's identity as well as fabricating custom furniture using wood, metal and fabric. In 2018, I won Drexel's Select Shelving and Storage Competition, a part of their brand repositioning. My designs have been exhibited at ICFF (2018) as well as in Gulfstream Center for Design Gallery (2018-2019) and the Jelinek Group Cork House (2019).