you become a designer?
Doing anything with my hands comes naturally.
I always took things apart as a kid. I liked
to look at the gears, little motors and the
tiny parts that inevitably got lost. I loved
to build birdhouses. One year I made a birdhouse
for almost everyone in my family. That was my
first production piece. When I was ten I started
working on a small house in my backyard, a project
with my dad. Six years later I finished. The
only thing the house didn't have was plumbing.
I taught myself enough Photoshop in High School
to apply for an Arts college and without really
thinking too much about it found myself at Pratt
Institute. At Pratt, I wanted to study the process
of design. It wasn't easy for me until I started
working out my ideas more abstractly. Sometimes
I'd hand in doodles for homework.
I spent a year working in a Model Making shop
after school on projects for Heinikin, IBM,
Microsoft, Yellow Tail, Janet Jackson and much
more. Recently I began designing for a mass
market lighting company for American homes all
over the country. It's been an exciting start.
My greatest aspirations at the end of the day
are still to work on my independent designs
for KPKC Design.
Where are you from originally?
Outside Chicago. Best food. Lake Michigan. Millennium
Park. Excellent art scene and great comedy.
Who were your main influences growing
Barnum. The man invented foreign fun. He
was also an entrepreneur. I did a book report
about him for 3 years straight.
Did you go to art school/college or
are you self-taught?
I studied at Pratt Institute. Self teaching
Any advice or tips to novice designers?
None. I'm still pushing. If someone has some
advice for me I'd love to hear it.
What has been the most rewarding and
challenging project you have worked on?
I did a piece which began abstractly studying
the patterns of flocking birds. From there I
developed a safety clothing system of interlocking
vests for children. Towards the finale of the
project I stayed up all night sewing vests for
a group of children and tested it with them
the next day. Seeing the reactions and watching
all the hard work takeoff in front of me was
an awesome experience. Kids who didn't get to
wear a vest were crying. One kid tried to steal
one. Parents scolded me for not having enough
vests for everyone. I was congratulated. The
idea was a winner.
What is your favorite portfolio piece?
My favorite piece is still the Droop Light.
It continues to dominate the ideas in my head.
I've spent more than 3 years tweaking the project
and in the last year have steadily been noticed
for it. It's cool when people notice your work.
What American art or artist inspires
Bontecou and Vito
Acconci are both sculptors that push their
ideas to a new realm. Though I discovered their
work only recently, I put them here because
every little glimpse I do get of their work
is like "Oh yeah, these people know how
to make art!"