As the daughter of an artist and a computer programmer I am naturally drawn to creative yet very technical projects. During the day (and many evenings and weekends) I am a commercial interior designer and I love it! I can’t imagine having any other profession. Granted, times are tough right now, but that’s the thing about the job. You have to love it or you can’t do it, and I love it.
A couple of years ago, when the economy really tanked, I was furloughed for 5 weeks and in all of my newfound free time I started working on an earring design idea that I had been toying with. Since then I have been selling the Frawn line in boutiques in Portland, Bend, and Eugene, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. It’s a wonderful creative outlet and I enjoy working with my hands and developing new designs to try out.
I am originally from Seattle, Washington but I have also lived in Mississippi, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Norway. My family is from Maryland and Connecticut originally, so I have spent a good amount of time traveling to New England. I learned to ski in the beautiful white mountains in the northeast, I discovered fire flies and hush puppies in Mississippi, and in the midwest I learned how to survive blizzards, floods, and tornadoes. No really, in North Dakota and Minnesota I was amazed at how friendly people were, that they would actually leave their cars running in parking lots in the winter blew my big city mind.
After traveling so much growing up I learned to love to it. I travel for work on occasion and I make the most of it! Any opportunity I get I do it. And on those trips I try to photograph the architecture or anything that really stands out in my mind. I make a collection of earrings that are building photos and what I really like about these earrings is that at first you can’t really tell what they are. But the more you look at them you realize that you are looking down on the top of building or into the reflection of a building.
A couple of years ago I visited my extended family in Connecticut. It was the first time I had been to my Grandma’s house since she passed away. It seemed so strange to be in this house that had so many memories for me as a kid and now it was so different. She wasn’t there anymore to make the boiled egg and sausage breakfast, walk us to the park, or answer every question on jeopardy. Many things did remain the same so I decided to photograph these items to remind myself of the palette of my dear grandma’s house. I have used some of the texture photos in my earring design. I used the bench fabric at the piano that my sister and I would play christmas carols on, the curtains in the room that we always stayed in, and the beautiful oriental rug that had been walked on by three generations.
It is something special to share these patterns and textures of my life with others in this way. I love seeing people wearing my products and it is so much fun to make. I hope you enjoy them also. Please feel free to contact me or give me feedback. My email address is email@example.com. Also, be sure to like me on Facebook here.