Sometimes I look off to the right. . .
Originally from the Midwest, I headed west to study architecture in Colorado. While I loved the rigor, and even enjoyed the occasional all-nighter in the studio, I found my place within the Environmental Design department in CU’s multi-disciplinary Design Studies major. This allowed me to create my own design path and in addition to architecture and urban planning studios I was able to take classes like Art Direction, Color Theory, Code as Art, Poetic Potential Of Computers, and Internet Dreams. Keep in mind this was in the late 90’s so the work is pretty embarrassing.
After college, I continued west and lived in California and Arizona. In early 2003, I went so far west that I landed in the Far East. I briefly taught preschool in Korea and then went to Thailand to learn about earthen building. I made a lot of mud bricks, studied Permaculture, and spent a year with Thai and Japanese organizations making things with my hands. I worked on various building projects for grassroots orgs and then decided to study sustainable development. I was set to return to the States to begin graduate school in the fall of 2005 and then SIT designed an immersive version of the same program, but to be entirely field-based in tsunami-affected Sri Lanka. After nine months in-country this amazing service-learning program was cut short by the unraveling of a fragile truce and I found myself on campus in Vermont to finish up my masters. While writing my thesis, I interned at Yestermorrow Design/Build School and then eagerly joined a non-profit that built wheelchair accessible treehouses throughout the States.
Being a peregrinating treehouse craftsperson was a great job, but it was not the best run non-profit and I was ready to plant some roots. Hooked on craft, applying my design chops, insatiably curious about people, and chasing a love interest brought me to NYC. I spent nearly a decade running Analog Modern in Brooklyn, failed to launch a textile line, and have now come full circle back to the Midwest with my own family in tow. A lifelong learner, I just finished an immersive User Experience Design program at Prime Digital Academy and am looking to join a team doing meaningful work in Minneapolis-St Paul. As UX begins to better marry the physical with the digital, I’m excited to bring my discursive experience and insatiable curiosity about the world and its people to this field.
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