I see no shortage of objects which connect to the past, but the past is not always pleasant nor something we wish to remember. I make furniture which transforms these objects of trauma into objects of comfort, a translation which cultivates healing and rebuilding physically but also psychologically. My current body of work reimagines British Mid-Century Modern design. While continental Europe dominated design after WW2, England’s cautious regrowth produced safe and quiet designs. I investigate this moment in furniture through recontextualization of wartime materials and forms, pushing the furniture to serve as a creative icon of security during a time of recovery and renewal. As an artist grounded in the discipline of craft, I express my material-obsessed nature and my love of creative problem-solving through building furniture. Making contemporary furniture comes with an inherent set of constraints: the piece must be visually compelling and carry modern concepts into the home through material and form while enduring years of use. Experiencing furniture exists as a relationship of familiar sensations, triggered memories, and bodily interactions; whether in the way your body is supported perfectly or in the way the detailing of a cushion reminds you of some long-ago sofa, we seek comfort in all aspects of furniture. This comfort is a powerful tool in shifting the way we feel about objects which have been representational of darker times in our history.

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