I am excited to say that in June 2020, I turned in my thesis paper and graduated from the University of California, Davis with an MFA in Design! While here, my interests revolved around furniture and its arrangement in space, and how both together can affect communication and hierarchies, and potentially beget control, or preferably, equality. I am intrigued by the juxtaposition between examples like the Camden bench in London, which limits how a user can behave in public space compared to the arrangement of benches in a Quaker worship hall, which are placed in an ever-widening square that belies a singular (pulpit) focus and its concomitant authority.
I came to this interest due to my background as a furniture designer and woodworker. Before my MFA, I was a professional craftsperson operating the small studio, FT-FC, in Santa Cruz, California. I made tables, chairs, benches and small homeware products for clients across California. FT-FC grew out of my time studying at the Krenov School, a renowned fine furniture program in Fort Bragg, California. While there I developed a deep appreciation for working with my hands, wood, and a few good tools. This hasn’t changed over the years, and my thesis reflects that: I have been working on specialty furniture for restorative justice spaces with the hope of promoting comfort and trust during hard and vulnerable conversations.
- Davis, CA