We all need places to gather the things we use everyday. The objects we choose for this purpose should be more than just useful. They should provide interest, even inspiration. I create pieces for this purpose using vintage and salvaged materials because of the history these materials carry and the stories they can inspire. All Had Matter Art is handmade by me in my studio.
This video was made in 2009 while I was living in my old house in MD
I’ve been making things as long as I can remember. When I was in grade school, my mom said she would not buy me any more stuffed animals, but would show me how to make one. We bought a pattern and made a dolphin out of green corduroy. I was soon making my own patterns for imaginary animals. I continued working with fabrics, using them often in my sculptures for art class. After college I stayed in Chicago and managed a used bookstore. At that time I started a small business selling stuffed animals made from old coats. When I moved to the DC area I bought an old house that needed work. This created a steady source of projects that taught me carpentry skills and filled the house with materials I collected at flea markets and yard sales. I love digging through piles of miscellaneous objects, trying to figure out what they would have been used for and thinking about what I could do with them. At this point salvaged and vintage materials became my raw materials and a wood shop replaced my sewing machine.
Had Matter was started in 2004 at Eastern Market, a weekly crafts market in Washington DC. In the beginning I made mirrors and key holders with my flea market finds and vintage images. Eventually I expanded to mail holders, spice racks and more. After eighteen years of working and selling in DC, I moved to Maine in February of 2022. With a larger studio and new inspiration I look forward to taking my work down new paths.
I still make and design everything I sell and hold myself to high standards of construction. I strive to create designs with a narrative because I think the things we live with, functional or not, should engage the imagination.