I seek in all things to create a sense of wonder.

I grew up playing in abandoned barns and rural junkyards, building structures and wearables from forgotten things. Reuse and a sort of creative cobbling together is my home; we are defined by our material limitations and what we do with them.

Having opportunities to tour factories abroad ignited an interest in manufacturing. Technical design and process is how our world is built, whether through new or old discarded products.

Here is a broad sampling of my physical work: art direction for film and stage, lasercut creations, metalworking pieces, and mechanical contraptions.

Art direction, a physical mood board for In The Garden Of St. Teresa

Lasercutting is one of my favorite techniques. The way the light is trapped in the lines etched in this acrylic is fascinating.

Primitive metal casting techniques, from the age of the Vikings. Cuttlefish bone and solder.

Lasercut birch for a small invention

Art direction for a haunt experience

Example of an art file for lasercutting. This is a design I created for a custom version of a popular board game.

Electricity and mad science. Art direction for underground film.

Set design for a Portland local theatre company

Art direction and prop design for underground film

A matter of scale – incredibly tiny lasercut tokens for a board game. This level of detail is very difficult to achieve in this medium.

Lasercut star map prop for film

Upcycled materials used to create an instrument. In this case, a hurdy gurdy – a medieval German drone instrument.

Patching and darning and thrift shopping and hand-me-downs give garments a soul and honor the tremendous amount of design and sewing labor that goes into creating them. Here is a messy but lovingly mended piece I use to this day.

Experimental work – hand forged and fiber wrapped primitive electrical circuit

I was the first costume intern for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, integrating dress-up clothes to augment and enhance children’s learning experiences.

Experimentation for special effects for film

Art direction work for underground film

I had the opportunity to work for Guildworks, cutting and sewing and learning their processes for creating large scale installations. These pieces are made from tricot fabric and sewn at high tension on an industrial sewing machine.

This is a little mechanical crankie, a moving picture machine operated by hand-cranking a long drawn scroll across the viewing window. This one features one of my favorite poems.