wool felt/recycled leather * soy foam insert * hand appliqued * embroidery * contrast piping * sashiko quilting
I was looking through an old Urban Organica business plan & found some sketches of early pieces.
long & low seating
organic cotton twill * origami applique * non-toxic stain * sashiko quilting * carved fsc wood
When we started UO it was, "a funky design house, hyped on social & environmental responsibility." It might still be that, but it's more of a creative think tank now. It's not as important to distinguish a business as eco-friendly, green or sustainable, since, fortunately, it's expected. This lets me really just be creative & play. People bring me their most "out-there" thoughts, plans & jumbled up bits. I help them clarify their ideas, connect them to others & if their project is particularly yummy, get my own hands dirty. This includes everything from clothing, interiors, workshops, retreats & small business. I've been fortunate to work with CEO's, Nobel Nominees, & Supermodels. You know who inspires me the most? Crafty families. And my husband. There's something about love + accountability that makes the most practical beauty.
One crazy bit is that I've always offered my services for free. It's a spiritual thing for me ~ I offer what I have to the world, & then Spirit pays me back, randomly, times much more. It's always worked, oddly enough. I live a great life that way.
climbing cake tower
3 donut-shaped cushions * 4' tall fsc wood base * beeswax finish * plant dyed wool felt * eco-fill cushions * 4 soft felted "frosting" throws * removable fabric origami flowers * needle-felted candles
example of the technique
hand appliqued felt * origami-style flowers w/ needle-felted centers * sashiko quilting (the pink-on-black) * needle-sculpting for texture on branches & grass
triple donut ottoman
3 eco-fill cushions * fsc wood base * beeswax finish * plant-dyed wool felt * origami-felt applique
felt & lucite storage
clear lucite boxes * plant dyed wool felt slipcovers * hand appliqued
felt & lucite storage series in a 3x2 shelving system
double donut side table with carved bowl base
eco-fill cushions * sashiko quilting * origami applique * beeswax finish
Many of these designs were actually inspired by Mahal as a baby, & how much he loved his little stacking toys. I thought it would be extremely practical to have giant versions he could climb on & take apart, while also providing adult seating or storage. At our house, they still really use the pillows & couch cushions more than their Legos or blocks. It's one giant, puffy happy gym!