Tell us about you, your life, and your work as an artist!
I live in Cumberland, Maine with my husband, Forrest, and our two cats, Fin and Rue. My husband and I met at art school, where we were both studying sculpture. When moving to Maine, our dream was to have a home with extra space for a woodworking and a metal fabrication shop. Seven years later, we did it!
What was your inspiration for the Meta Mobile?
I’ve always loved Alexander Calder’s work, especially how playful his mobiles are. When Meghan was opening Leader Bag Co.’s first brick & mortar in downtown Biddeford, she approached me about creating a window display. Her interior designer, Kacee Pyles Witherbee of Insides Studio, suggested the mobile idea and I loved it. It was absolutely a collaborative effort.
Why brass + plexiglass!?
We were both fond of brass and Meghan mentioned she wanted a light-catching element. That inspired me to add the iridescent plexiglass shapes. Lotta Nieminen is the artist who created the designs for the Lead with Love campaign. I used a few of those shapes throughout the mobiles: the little dove to symbolize peace, the heart, etc.
The original mobiles are quite large and fill the Leader storefront windows. As soon as the shop opened, parents started inquiring about having a smaller mobile made that could fit in a baby’s room. By popular demand, we created one!
As soon as the shop opened, parents started inquiring about having a smaller mobile made that could fit in a baby’s room.
What is the production process like?
I make the mobiles both in my studio and in our metal shop. The production begins with cutting and processing all of my materials. I cut the plexi and brass shapes on the bandsaw, then cut the metal rod to length and roll it through the slip roller to achieve the curve. After that, holes are drilled into each rod and shape on the drill press. Next, I hand file and sand the silhouettes of all the shapes until they’re smooth. This is the most tedious part of the process—it feels a lot like jewelry making! After everything is cut, drilled, filed, sanded and polished, I bring the materials into my studio, add an iridescent film layer onto the plexi shapes and, finally, assemble all of the various parts.
How do you feel when creating a Meta Mobile?
I truly love that there will be little sculptures hanging in baby rooms around the world. I have always been passionate about finding ways to bring art, design and specifically sculptural objects into people’s homes.