Every month we feature a member on our web site and promote them through our social media accounts and our newsletter.
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.”