Design on a Dime: Featured Donors
We at Lorla Studio draw inspiration from life all around us, and often come across other creators who appear similarly inclined. While we cannot speak for them, we can't help but get excited when we see their work sparkle. One of the best parts of designing a room for Design on a Dime was the opportunity to work with so many great artists, and we doubt any other room in the show had so many contributions from such a talented team of creators! We purposefully sourced all of our decor to be unique, and sought to work with as many local female artists as possible. We would like to give a special thanks and highlight some of these incredibly talented lady-bosses.
Are you in the market for a handmade porcelain chandelier? If you're not now you will be after getting a good look at the work of Kelly Storr from LowLand Studio. The studio is based along the bank of the Sawkill River in Woodstock, N.Y. We love artists, spaces and pieces that are inspired by nature, and LowLand Studio pulls tons of inspiration from their surrounding environment. As their website says: "Everything flows downstream to here: Sycamore seed, birch bark, deer bones, coyote teeth, fossils, styrofoam balls - it all ends up in The Lowland and is all a part of what has inspired this work." All pieces are designed, thrown, carved, fired and assembled in Woodstock. We're huge fans! Thank you, Kelly!
The only thing more BOSS than the work coming out of multidisciplinary creative studio, Animal Teng, is that studio name. Can I get a Hells yes?! It brings to mind a creativity that cannot be contained, a force to reckon with, and Animal Teng is just that. The power behind Animal Teng is Grace Teng, a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based artist who has left behind the ranch to study at some of the world's most prestigious universities: Cornell University (Ithaca is Gorges) for undergrad and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to become a Master of Sculpture. And a master she is! According to her site, she works intuitively with her partner-clients to come up with site-specific works that act as a "visual megaphone" for her clients' voices.
We came to Animal Teng like a moth to a flame: the flame was an AT installation at MNDFUL, a meditation studio that stopped us dead in our tracks. We walked into the studio in Williamsburg to immediately ask about who created THAT. Since then, we have been waiting for the right project and excuse to call upon the force that is AT. For our room, which accentuated textures within the context of layered muted tones, we asked Grace to help us with a custom piece that incorporated our key design inspirations for the Design on a Dime room: air, rest, comfort, touch, beach. Just see for yourself: she crushed it.
Within the context of love begetting more love, it was only fitting that Kelly Storrs of Lowland Studio put us on to Michelle Quan, a creator who specializes in designing handmade ceramics. Michelle has described her work as rooted in the visual symbols of Eastern iconography, with a meaning and beauty of which she is in continuous awe. We were thrilled to include Michelle's donated ceramic chain, which were built by hand, and are visibly and physically weighty. Originally hailing from Vancouver, Michelle moved to New York City in 1984 to attend Parsons School of Design, and found her way to clay work after previous stints as a bartender, waitress, model and jeweler. Michelle has said that she seeks for her work in ceramics to advance her "ongoing pursuit to bring visual form to the thread that connects us with the experience of the world in which we live."
Her work is not restricted to the medium of clay, however. Michelle also uses hand-dyed cotton, hemp rope and reclaimed wood. Her jewelry is made of recycled sterling silver or 18K Gold, hand-finished and set with ethically sourced Rosecut Diamonds and Turquoise, strung with Sandalwood, Turquoise and Antique Coral. All her work is made in NYC, and take a look below at just a few of the breath-taking works that Michelle has brought to life! Select stockists across the country and in Canada sell her wares, and we know you'll be happy to find her works all over California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington state, Vancouver, Toronto, and Edmonton. Phew!! Go on with your bad self, Michelle!
Originally from Texas, Shyama Golden (rhymes with llama and the Y is silent) is a graphic designer, artist, and painter, who is now based in Brooklyn, New York. Shyama spent a decade working in the graphic and interactive design fields before focusing on figurative art. She describes her work as "nostalgic; handmade and humorous." We are equally in love with the creative concepts behind each piece and the vibrant use of colors and patterns. This combination makes for art that engages you on both an intellectual and sensory level. We were absolutely thrilled to have her donate a print of Covert Operations (below), a painting inspired by real images of women working on supercomputers at Bell Labs in the 1960s.
Her preferred medium is oils, but she also works digitally on the iPad Pro which as she says, "gives me the same look, and the advantage of being able to create seamless patterns and looping animations." Shyama recently collaborated with one of our favorite wallpaper companies, Flavor Paper, contributing to their new FEMPOWER line, a collection created "exclusively by women in celebration of women." Amen to that!
She says that "Something my parents taught me is to make sure whatever it is you do for a living contributes in some positive way to the world, even if it’s something small. When someone tells me that seeing my work brought them some happiness, then I feel like it’s doing what it is supposed to!" We're grinning from ear to ear, Shyama! Thank you.
Name Glo was cofounded by Lena Imamura and Sas Simon in 2014. They offer a chic selection of ready-made neon designs and provide clients a platform to create custom pieces of their own. The company offers art for a new generation of enthusiasts, and eagerly answered the call to donate a custom sign to Design on a Dime. Lena is an artist and Sas is a writer and actress. Both are native New Yorkers and the two have been friends since high school. The company began after Sas commissioned Lena to design a neon for a baby shower. Sas looked far and wide, but couldn't find the right piece. The two took the incident as a call to action, and created Name Glo to create a simple, fun and easy way to get a neon piece of art. They are thrilled to be lighting up New York and beyond, and bringing their signature glow to everyone and anyone. Their custom monstera leaf neon sign was a hit that helped bring our room together, and contributed seemlessly to the overall vibe of our room. These two are bound to keep bringing (neon) light into the lives of all their clients!