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About Me

I’m a designer by trade and a maker by passion. I love to build things from the ground up.

I started young, with my first “business” at age seven selling knitted cat toys on consignment. By ten I had moved on to bigger and better things, and was selling handmade jewelry in the park. I’ve continued to create, build, and learn ever since.

I began my design career in art direction at SelectWorld, working on beauty clients in NYC. I enjoyed the work, but the industry didn’t align with my values.

After a couple of years volunteering and working abroad, I landed what turned into a dream job as the first designer at Instructables, a project sharing do-it-yourself website. I worked there for 9 years, and designed everything needed for the brand, from end to end digital product design to creative direction on the brand. It was a wonderful experience not only as a designer, but as a maker through the creative community and workshop at Autodesk, who acquired the brand in 2010. My Instructables projects have been featured in Make and Wired magazines, as well as Buzzfeed, Laughing Squid, Jezebel, and many other online channels.

I left Instructables at the beginning of 2020 to take some time to make things in real life, not knowing the roller coaster ahead. I have since embarked on a deep learning journey on how to evolve design practice across sectors to be more sustainable, and transitioned to the climate sector following a fellowship with Climatebase. I’m currently a co-founder at Climate Designers, working to empower designers to take climate action at work.

From this work I’ve developed a deeper understanding of materials, supply chains, and the sustainability of physical products. I’ve refocused my creative practice to implement circular design and natural materials whenever possible. I’m on a mission to remove petro-chemicals from my work, and believe in art as a powerful tool for activism.

If you’d like to work together, get in touch.

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Photo credit:  David Kaplan