Each week we feature a member on our web site and promote them through our social media accounts and our newsletter.
Libby Schrum is a designer-maker based in Camden, Maine. She studied at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and earned an MFA in furniture design from RISD. Her furniture designs are inspired by the simplicity and function of both the Early American antique furniture she grew up with and the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic she has come to appreciate. Libby develops unique and artful design solutions that address functional requests; quiet and sophisticated objects that represent the sensibilities and soul of the designer and equally satisfy the dreams and vision of the client.
Find Libby on the web: http://www.libbyschrum.com/
Paul Tanaka is a self-taught designer-maker working and living in Ames, Iowa. After thirty-two years of practicing law he retired in 2016 to expand his skills in designing and crafting furniture.
Paul’s design sensibility derives from family and history — a combination of mid-century modern, Pacific Northwest craft furniture, and the Japanese aesthetic.
Mid-century modern principles of rationality, utility and function remain core values. However, in the past several years recent interests in carving, bending and lighting design have resulted in greater freedom of form and a migration to a broader sense of function.
Find Paul on the web: https://www.flickr.com/photos/…
Chelsea Witt is an artist living and working out of mid-coast Maine. Chelsea is a woodworker, furniture maker, and illustrator.After graduating from the University of South Florida with a BFA they have worked and taken opportunities up and down the east coast seeking growth in furniture making specifically. Chelsea has worked for and or studied under artists such as Alexis Dold, Tyler Hays (BDDW), Christina Boy, Aaron Fedarko, and David Upfill-Brown. When it comes to woodworking Chelsea focuses on bringing 2 dimensional shapes into the 3 dimension, all the while putting the importance onto the process and details.
Currently Chelsea is working for the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and will be teaching or assisting classes coming up there, as well as at Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain school of Crafts.
Find Chelsea on the Web: http://www.chelseacarinawitt.com
Founded in 2000, Scott McGlasson’s studio, Woodsport, has been creating fine furniture and lighting pieces for residential, corporate, and hospitality clients, mixing traditional techniques with an experimental approach. His work has been exhibited at trade shows such as the Architectural Digest Design Show and ICFF, and top flight craft fairs such as the Smithsonian Craft Show and American Craft Council Shows.
Find Scott on Instagram: @woodsport
Find Scott on the Web: https://woodsport.net/
Jordan Poirier is a designer and maker studying for his Bachelors of Craft and Design — furniture design, at Sheridan College, in Oakville Ontario. Prior to attending Sheridan, Jordan worked as a luthier, building and repairing electric and acoustic guitars for multiple years. Jordan’s work primarily focuses on creating lasting objects inspired by the natural materials they are created from.
Find Jordan on Instagram: @jordanpoirierfurniture
Find Jordan on the Web: http://www.jordanpoirierfurniture.com
Audrey Assad is a designer currently studying furniture in the Craft & Design program at Sheridan College. Before pursuing an education in design, Audrey completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Her background as a painter contributes to her interest in exploring unconventional furniture forms. Audrey is drawn to shapes, techniques and materials that she feels relate to her body and is interested in designing objects that reflect her physicality.
Find Audrey on Instagram: @audreyeassad
Find Audrey on the Web: http://audreyeassad.com/
David Lewis is a designer and maker currently studying at the Sheridan College Craft & Design program outside of Toronto. His work is informed by studies in architecture and music and focuses on creating bold forms with technical and gestural qualities. David hopes to start his own business to create small lines of furniture and also apply his skills to larger works such as public installation and sculpture.
Gwynne Allanford a designer and maker from Toronto, currently enrolled in the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College. Her work is influenced by nostalgia and merging traditionally opposing concepts and visual forms. She is interested in experimenting with materials and design processes that aren’t commonly represented in furniture.
Find Gwynne on Instagram: @gcobjects
Sam Ladwig was a professional musician, video producer, hi-tech project manager, graphic designer and even an ice sculptor before receiving an MFA in furniture design from the Herron School of Art and Design. Currently teaching and making work in Oklahoma, he continues to be focused on the design and fabrication of affordable furniture. Learn more about Sam at samladwig.com
Julie Morringello is and independent designer and maker. In 2011, she founded Modernmaine,a company focused on the creation of contemporary artist-made lighting. Julie’s work blends her knowledge of functional design and manufacturing processes with a love of materials, self-expression and expert craftmanship. Everything at Modernmaine is created in her studio on Deer Isle and necessary components are sourced as close to home as possible. Learn more about Julie at modernmaine.com
Blaise Gaston earned a BFA from TheSchool for American Crafts in Rochester NY in 1975, studying under Bill Keyser, Jere Osgood, Jim Krenov, Jon Brooks, Ian Kirby, andothers. He went on to create his own business in architecturalwoodworking, furniture making, and historical restoration. He iscurrently making art furniture and unique cabinetry at his home inEarlysville, VA. Learn more about Blaise at blaisegaston.com
Aspen Golann is a 17th & 18th century furniture maker whose work explores gender and power through the manipulation of classic American furniture forms. She holds a degree in Fine Furniture from The North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA and is currently the Wood Shop Coordinator of The Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. Learn more at her website: aspengolann.com.
Matthew Gramling designs and fabricates furniture in his Milwaukee, WI workshop using locally sourced, sustainable woods. Gramling is also one half of the design collaboration Persistent Object. Matthew was part of the local committee for FS19: Groundwork and organized the exhibition crawl. Learn more at his websites: matthewgramlingwoodworks.com and persistent-object.com
Heide Martin is a Maine-based designer-maker and our featured member this month! Coming from landscape architecture and urban planning in the Pacific Northwest, Heide creates furniture and housewares with simple, high quality materials and a Shaker-esque dedication to honest functionality. Learn more on her website: heidemartin.com
Rachel David works primarily in steel and non ferrous metals. — “I think of furniture with a wide interpretive allowance, sometimes I call my work conceptual furniture or art furniture. I have a multi faceted practice but the angles dividing them are not crisp, furniture bleeds into sculpture and vica-versa up and upcoming architectural elements grow seats and tables.”