Are you wondering about how to become a furniture maker? Ready to change that hobby into a career? Join us for a panel discussion with five awesome furniture makers' journeys moderated by Gladys Walker, a budding furniture maker. Gladys will lead the discussion for the first hour and then you can ask questions to the panelists for the final 30 minutes! We are recording the talk so if you cant make it that night, you can watch it later! We will email you a link post discussion!
Lynn Bui is a furniture maker and designer from Seattle and founder of Đồ Đạc Studio, a people-centered practice of providing simple solutions to everyday experiences. She splits her time between designing products & services for the healthcare and educational sector and handcrafted furniture influenced by Eastern and Scandinavian philosophies.
Lynn graduated from the Krenov School of Fine Furniture and Suikoushya International School of Craft in Kyoto, Japan. She holds an MFA in Interaction Design and Certification in Industrial Design from the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden. She started the Linh Bui Minority Scholarship at the Krenov School to support students from historically underrepresented communities of color, working towards a more inclusive woodworking world. (@bandsawbui)
TiAnna’s journey in wood began as a little girl working alongside her father building homes. She worked in the intensive field of architectural millwork throughout her 20's and 30's, and now owns Furniture by DeGarmo and creates studio furniture in Lanesboro, Minnesota. TiAnna strives to create designs that are beautiful to behold and pleasurable to handle while being simple, clean, and useful. www.furniturebydegarmo.com (@tianna.degarmo)
Wu worked as a furniture maker for 5 years in New York City prior to receiving her MFA in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design. An injury in the woodshop, hours of reflection, and a passion for both movement and making is what crafted the creation of her company, Work in Use. https://workinuse.com (@workinuse)
Stephanie Lunieski runs the show at Lefty Design Co. from design and fabrication to product photography and bookkeeping. Out of her studio she has been designing and building award winning custom furniture, cabinetry and objects.
Stephanie began her design career after leaving the television industry and moving to Rockport, Maine to learn the ins and outs of woodworking and furniture design. After coming back home to Minnesota to lay down roots for Lefty Design, she apprenticed for a cabinet maker in Minneapolis. Now working full time for Lefty Design, she is honored to create beauty with her wonderful clients in the homes and spaces of Minnesota and beyond. www.leftydesignco.com (@leftydesignco)
Gina Leeward is a former textile design artist who pivoted to woodworking after having a kid. Leeward Studio is a bespoke furniture company. Today, Gina and her husband make custom furniture out of locally sourced lumber in Kensington, Philadelphia. The work of building long-lasting, well designed pieces are still so fulfilling, but we dream of finding ways to use this work to build connection and provide space for healing in our community. "Woodworking seems to have this uncanny ability to connect us to ourselves and to the natural world. It is accessible enough that anyone who is interested can learn it, but deep enough that you can spend your whole life mastering it." http://leewardfurniture.com (@leeward_studio)
This discussion will be held on Zoom so that we can take your questions live and connect with these awesome craftspeople!
Each panelist and the moderator is paid $75 ($450) We are hoping we can get 23 people to sign up and pay $20 to cover paying these talented people. We want to keep this accessible so there is an option to pay set to $0 so please come if you want to hear this talk. No one will be turned away.