Though I am an interior designer, most would be surprised to know my background is actually architecture. I love designing and building things from the bottom up. Actually, I may just literally love 'getting my hands dirty'.
I have a deep rooted love for craftspeople. All craftspeople. Anyone, with a vision and the tools to bring an idea to fruition has my deepest admiration. Anyone possessing a keen awareness and ability to carve, sew, build, forge, blow, weave and fashion has me with "I MADE THIS".
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting some fabulous 'crafts people' at an event for RUE Magazine. They are D.Bryant Archie (maker of incredible textiles), Malene Barnett (Malene B maker of custom extraordinary rugs), Jacqueline Lamont (milliner), Anishka Clarke, of Ishka Designs (an incredible interior designer), Kayln Johnson stylist and stationery (Effie's Paper), Kathleen Hyppolite (a talented florist) and Manvi Drona-Hidalgo (graphics artist).
All are incredible talents who 'MADE THIS'! I walked away from that party, exuberant, rejuvenated and in awe of their talents. (Note: even more thrilled to see women supporting each other, being encouraging, and saying "you have to meet..." And each conversation just started with a smile.
I brake at the scent of wood being cut, and love watching sparks dance off of metal, and the ranges of crimsons and honeys as metals being forged. Glass being blown, each molecule being transformed by fire.
So, I happened to have my camera with me, while strolling in Soho last week and could not resist capturing some of what I saw. Knowing, with every soul of my being that somewhere someone once said "I MADE THIS".
With that, I share with you my love of carved wood, forged metals and cast irons...
All photography by Joy Moyler for Hautezone