My mini drill press
(used for creating the wood embroideries and jewelry, this tool has been with me for years, it has inspired many new techniques and I’m constantly finding new uses for it).
My portable industrial sewing machine
(after burning through more than a couple plastic bodied home sewing machines, I found this tiny beast. It came with a DVD on how to fix just about every part of it which made my DIY heart skip a beat, it is one of the few machines you can buy that is built to last a lifetime).
I’m also in love with my embroidery needles (i don’t go anywhere without at least 4 of them on me), my ball-pein hammer, and my mini scale for measuring out dyes. All tools that brought me from just playing around with a medium to really being able to master some skills.
What artists now do you recommend we check out?
I love what my friend Mekenzie does as an elementary school art teacher: she records her favorite projects (and outfits!) on her blog, We Make Marks
is an old roommate and friend of mine who is constantly inspiring me as an artist and businesswoman.
Lily from Gamma Folk
is an incredible person and artist as well, one of the first people I met when moving here.
Shop Social Studies
was my first vendor with my sweet friend, Lauren running the shop. I love seeing how her and her husband transformed the space by creating all the fixtures for the shop by themselves.
Now that you’re no longer an Angeleno, where do you love to go in your new home town of New York City?
These places aren’t newly discovered by any means, but Jacksons Diner for Indian food and Sri Pra Phai
for Thai food are in themselves a reason to come into Queens.
I love watching the sunset over Manhattan from Gantry State Park in LIC, and the Noguchi Museum
is incredibly inspirational. When in Brooklyn, I love to visit the shopPeople of Tomorrow
(Greenpoint) for vintage clothing, amazing jewelry and home goods.