I entered into the field of design after traveling to Berlin to do an artist residency in 2014. While there I met artists and designers, and was able to see where and how they lived and worked. I became fascinated by the way these artists shaped and created spaces to dwell in, and that their surroundings were an ever-changing extension of their creative vision. This realization was the basis for my interior design work; that the spaces humans inhabit, whether public or private, could be a new medium to express my own creative vision. After graduating from an interior design program I continued my education in graphic design as a way to enhance and grow my overall skill set to be a multidisciplinary designer. With this well-rounded knowledge, I am able to create immersive, original spaces, brands, concepts and ideas from the inside and out.
I strongly believe that interior design is more than picking out furnishings and creating a “nice” environment; it can be creative, original and inspiring. And that graphic design, packaging, and identity systems, can be more exciting, tactile, and memorable than just typography and images on paper. Both are aesthetic practices that we are able to interact with, much like art, except that design has to be functional on a human level for daily interaction, understanding, and communication. When conceptualizing a project, I think about the overall design visually and freely at first; flattening elements to their basic shapes and colours. In every design, especially where bold patterns and colours are used, I constantly ask myself if the elements are harmonious, balanced, and necessary.
My inspiration comes from many sources; however, I am most heavily influenced by late 20th century art and design history, postmodernism, and contemporary photography. In nearly every creative project I’ve worked on, the underlying concept that always emerges is the question of aesthetic trends. How do these styles come and go? Why do periods of time have such distinct looks? And why do most of us view certain characteristics as ugly and disposable, when 20, 30, or 40 years earlier they were at the height of fashion? I try to consider these questions in my work by creating designs that bring bygone ideas and styles into the modern world. Will this collage of influences become timeless, or will it in itself become the aesthetic definition of this time?