ARTISANS

Artisan relationships with NICHEoutside are very special. We feature work inspired by the outdoors and gardening. For some of our Artisans a long standing craft or tradition is showcased in the stark backdrop of our retail shop, and for others the infinite space of a wild new vision is slightly contained. Artisans work includes ceramics, glassblowing, metalsmithing, printmaking, textile art, woodworking, etc. (Please send questions and responses to info@nicheoutside.com

LORIE CINOTTO

TACOMA WA

Laurie Cinotto crafts intricate crepe paper flowers. Some are replicas of blooms found in the natural world. Some are completely imaginary.

She works with a combination of new, vintage, and dyed papers to create these beauties. Each and every petal and leaf is hand-cut and flowers are formed with patience and care. She loves how simple, raw materials -- like paper, wire, and tape --- can be manipulated and transformed into exquisite things.

JILL ROSENAST

SEATTLE WA

As a woman, a mother, and an artist, I’m interested in how media and the world influence us with a particular standard of beauty and perfection.  In life and in my work I try to dispel these myths and their effect on me. Through the unpredictable nature of this medium, I’ve learned to embrace the flaws and inconsistencies that are an integral part of my aesthetic. Working in porcelain forces me to walk a fine line between chaos and control which I love.

BRAD CURRAN

SEATTLE WA

Brad Curran is a professional photographer, cinematographer and editor hailing from the magnificent Pacific Northwest. He loves his work, he's passionate about capturing moments, telling engaging stories and creating compelling images. He is based in Seattle and works with both agencies and clients directly. He is also a ceramic artist, a part time instructor at Seattle Central College and has a wonderful cat named Iris.

YURI KINOSHITA

SEATTLE WA

Born In Kyoto, Japan, Yuri graduated with honors from Osaka Fashion Institute, Department of Interior Design. After traveling throughout Europe and Asia, she settled in the U.S. to expand her artistic skills and passion for lighting design.  Now based in Seattle, Yuri works with organic materials to create small and large scale sculptures of ‘Interwoven Lights’.  Her site specific installations continue to explore the interrelations of play between light and shadow within her medium.

SCOTT SPENCER HIGSON

SEATTLE WA

Having practiced woodworking for 26 years, working exclusively with northwest hardwoods and local northwest sawyers such as Rod Jacobs, I have learned that developing relationships with those that work directly in the forest is a key component to maintaining the wholeness of the raw material and is integral to the creative process.

The most important relationships are those I have with the forest directly.  My 25 year relationship with sawyer Rod Jacobs is a great example of this. Rod has a special knack for selecting beautiful logs from the forest; doing so with respect to the trees, the loggers, and the land owners.

The richness of my career and the depth of knowledge of my understanding of wood is directly related to the care I have taken in developing these relationships. My understanding of those of us who choose to make things, to be truly inspired, creating things of value, is we must dedicate ourselves to the specific skills required by our chosen discipline and also to understanding the materials we work with and the people who help bring these materials to us. This degree of respect toward the people and the raw materials by the craftsman can help to change the industry’s attitude toward the forest; from being seen as a commodity to being seen as the living resource it is. The forest is the fundamental component of a complex web of events that requires us and the natural environment to work in harmony.

TINA RANDOLPH

SEATTLE WA

Tina Randolph is compelled by natural materials, and how we interact with architecture.
The repetitive use of wood, plaster, metals, and beeswax reflect her love of the natural and organic world. A strong sense of composition and and color theory combined with a background in printing, letterpress and graphic arts produce a balanced and sophisticated approach to her mixed media works.

"As I walk through this world I am always seeking to find history, the imprint of time, and proof of existence. I'm attracted to the ephemeral and the eternal. Art is a spiritual act to me."

AUGUSTA SPARKS FARNUM

SEATTLE WA

Polyphonic is a term usually used to describe the layers of sounds in music.  In my work “Polyphonic” illustrates the creative layers that can participate in a living space, in a living community.  Examining art’s role and integration into society, my work considers how to infiltrate daily life with art.  

Art can exists in the peripheral view, around life’s utilitarian functions. With a mural, the art becomes a skin to the room, and subcutaneous to the action. It exists underneath, and around, and beside us. Art is a cohabitant. As a polyphonic layer, the mural can trigger the mind to consider what it is to be elsewhere, insisting the viewer fills in the gaps and colors. 

 As an object, art can bring the viewer on a specific journey towards a preserved introspection. Art’s action as an object, or as a formal focal point, frames a specific moment of concentration.

 In both processes of drawing the landscape, they are the response and record, they are as stern as they are comical, and they are always raw. Guided by the traditions of photography, the visual framework uses negative and positive spaces, an observation is divine and beauty is claimed from chaos. 

 The botanical drawings are built as an object to ponder, and as an installation in the periphery to bath in like a dream. 

GREG CLARK

SEATTLE WA

The ancient art of glassblowing captured Greg Clark’s imagination at an early age, inspiring what has become a lifelong passion for the material. The innate qualities of glass itself, its tendency toward flowing lines and subtle interplay of light and color, compelled Greg to study art and design and to pursue personal growth through artistic development. The physical and ritual act of glassblowing, of achieving symmetry and precision in the execution of designs is exacting. Every motion has an immediate effect on the form and therefore must be made deliberately. On many levels the process mirrors the expressive intent behind his work, which is to inspire a feeling of harmony and equipoise in the viewer.

His study of design throughout the years has focused on exploring the subtle relationship between form and function and led to an interest in the often overlooked relationship between objects and their users. DeCicio Glass designs are intended to inspire a meaningful visual and physical dialogue between artist and viewer through thoughtful use of form and material.  By balancing the inherent beauty, strength and luminosity of glass with a consideration of tactile and ergonomic factors, DeCicio Glass pieces lend a greater depth to the experience of interacting with functional objects.

Through DeCicio Glass, Greg aspires to enrich people’s lives and living spaces with an evolving line of accessible, functional and creative glass art pieces. By choosing to work in a traditional context, creating contemporary interpretations of classic Italian forms and combining age-old techniques with an attention to quality and detail, Greg hopes to bring a new and fresh energy to a craft that is more than two thousand years old.

MT WASHINGTON POTTERY

MT WASHINGTON CA

Beth Katz is the creative force behind Mt. Washington Pottery, a beautiful collection of functional and decorative ceramics.

Beth makes all the work by hand and on the potter's wheel in her Los Angeles, California studio. Her work has an elegant simplicity, which marries the wabi-sabi aesthetic of traditional Japanese ceramics and the modernism of Scandinavian design. These elements are clearly visible in the fluidity of her forms and in the literal mark she leaves of her own hand: the remnant of her fingerprints at the bottom of each piece.

KATI VON LEHMAN

SEATTLE WA 

I design and make serving vessels, house-ware objects, and furniture utilizing the idea of multi-function and efficiency. I make many items that nest, or hang, or stack away in tight places. My goal is to create a line of beautiful, timeless pieces in ceramic, textiles, and wood that have a variety of uses for everyday life. Currently, I live and work in Portland, Oregon. You can find a list of shops carrying my work under the stock-list link.

All my work is made to be used frequently. Dishes are all food safe and all finishes are non-toxic. 

NATALIE JOY MILLER

PORTLAND OR

Designer Natalie Joy Miller developed the Natalie Joy jewelry line in the winter of 2010 inside of a walk in closet in Portland, Oregon.  After studying and creating small-scale sculptures at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, she spent five years as a manager at a large scale jewelry production company hand making and distributing jewelry to hundreds of boutiques across the country. After fine tuning her technical and business skills, the desire to create a jewelry line of her own came naturally.

“For as long as I can remember I have been a tangible person with a strong desire to create objects with my hands.  That urge has never left me; it just evolved through different mediums and outlets.  Eventually I found a way to satisfy my desire to make sculpture in a purely wearable format.”

Each piece of Natalie Joy jewelry is thoughtfully hand fabricated in our Portland studio using both unique and traditional metal working techniques. This shows in the tiny details of the jewelry and how you feel while wearing Natalie Joy.

HAND MADE LA CONNOR

LACONNOR WA

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Handmade La Conner is a combination retail shop and workspace that is changing the way we see our skincare, cleaning, and body products. Using only natural ingredients and essential oils, everything is hand crafted by a small team of artisan makers in small batches. Products are then carefully bottled, packaged, and labeled by hand. Keeping everything fresh, there are always new scent combinations and product lines in the works.

YARD ETC

VARBERG, SWEDEN

YARD ETC. started with two sore hands and a strong and ever smoldering desire for horticulture. Like so many other gardening geeks we like to work with our bare hands. No gloves, with the fingers delving deep into the soil. So much of the sensation is in the fingertips. A gorgeous sensation that can be wrecked by chapped hands, soil-stained fingernails, cracked cuticles – with scratches, splinters and thorns. One day spent in the spinach patch can easily leave marks. But isn’t growing and cultivating supposed to be good fun and also sensory to work with your hands, even after a shift at the office?
We spotted a need and we felt it was our mission to look for the best possible nurturing ingredients. Mild, yet effective raw ingredients that cleanse, nourish, moisturis and stimulate. Natural products of course and preferably organic. Add natural essential oils. Experienced craftsmen mix all these lovely things into a beautiful consistency and wrap everything up in stylish and practical packaging.

The end result is products that do good, feel good and that smell fabulous. The gardenistas of this world surely cannot wait to lay their hands on these?! We also focus on the personal gear you need to bring your garden dreams to life with less obsticles and better comfort.

The brand YARD ETC draws inspiration from the creativity and resourcefulness of the city’s back streets and courtyards. From passionate growers that don’t view asphalt, concrete and exhaust fumes as obstacles, but rather like challenges. People who plant and grow for their own use or simply for the joy and beauty of it. For the sake of flavour, nourishment, beauty and the environment. All devoted garden enthusiasts that grow food, create beautiful spots or attractive green surroundings to live in and get enjoyment from. In the city or outside. Because there’s of course no real difference between a farmer’s muddy mitt or a accountant’s dry, cracked palm.

The products from YARD ETC fulfill exactly the same needs, never mind if it’s urban or rural environments. Inside or outside any city limits and any country borders.

 

PORTLAND APRON COMPANY

PORTLAND OR

Hello I’m Erika, the owner and maker behind Portland Apron Company.  I started PAC in 2012 with the desire to make a variety of handmade aprons with sustainability in mind. I love sewing, and really enjoy supporting and connecting with other entrepreneurs and small businesses. I've worked with a variety of other creatives to make aprons for their cafes, floral boutiques, and workshops. Its amazing to see how many people need an apron. Teachers, artists, florists, bakers, chefs, food bloggers, make-up artists, baristas...the list goes on. I make aprons in many styles and fabrics to offer something that suits everyone's needs. Whether you need a waist apron, full apron, or smock, I've got you covered.

 BROOK WADE

NEW YORK NY

Brooke is a woodworker and artist based in Gowanus, Brooklyn. A classically trained dancer, she performed for many years with Cincinnati Ballet, and continues to thrive on mind-body labor through woodworking. Brooke gained experience working in design/build studios throughout New York City, most recently contributing to custom furniture and installation projects with Aardvark Interiors.

Brooke draws inspiration from wabi-sabi aesthetics and metaphysics, maps and cartography, interiors and spaces, and the sense of place. Brooke personally gathers salvaged and reclaimed wood from across the U.S., and hopes that the pieces she makes both evoke their place of origin, and contribute to the consonance of their place of rest.

WOODLOT

VANCOUVER BC

 

With its origins steeped in family tradition, Team Woodlot keeps future generations in mind. That's why each Woodlot candle is handmade with care using clean-burning, petroleum-free coconut wax. And why all our body products are made in small batches with specially-selected ingredients from near and afar

TENNEN STUDIO

PHOENIX AZ

Tennen Studio is a multi-disciplinary firm that designs buildings, landscapes, spaces, furniture and objects. We approach our work with curiosity and rigor. We push new ideas and technologies, while embracing the things that time cannot change - natural light, change of seasons, and the inherent physical and sensual qualities of materials. Tennen Studio pursues simplicity in our design work, both as an economy of gesture as well as a removal of the non-essential.

In our work process the distinction between designing and making is blurred. The reality of crafting and building inspires the design process, and design and experiential qualities inspire the making.

Tennen Construction builds the architectural work of Tennen Studio and facilitates the fabrication of furniture and objects.

We collaborate with clients, consultants and craftspeople who share our passion for designing and making.

Sarah Swartz Wessel and Ethan Wessel founded Tennen Studio in 2001.

JIL SMITH

SEATTLE WA

“What I love about making shades is it allows me to express a mood,” reflects Jil Smith, owner of Insatiable Studios. “It’s all about joy and play.” While creating a project, she muses about what will wake up a room or fulfill a desire—she sometimes pretends she’s the client, envisioning what will suit her imagined lifestyle. For inspiration, Smith keeps a file of captivating images, collected on travels about town and throughout the world.

Every shade is meticulously handmade using refined papier-mâché process. Smith wraps bands of white kinwashi, Japanese rice paper, around a metal frame made to her specifications, drying each translucent strip before placing the next. After carefully applying four layers, she finishes with papers gathered from around the globe in a myriad of colors, hand cut into intriguing shapes. The resulting one-of-a-kind piece appears ethereal, yet is surprisingly durable.

After graduating from Pratt Institute, N.Y.C., Smith became a scenic designer but found it physically toxic. She arrived at lampshades through her fascination with color, pattern, and proportion, and a desire for thoughtful, sustainable work. In Seattle, her art is on view in the Dahlia Lounge, PCC, Fleurish, The Canlis Restaurant and Callison Architecture’s lobby. Nationally, her works are in Chicago, Denver, Miami and Silicon Valley. Her favorite project was creating a 16-foot lamp in the likeness of a tribal canoe, internally lit and suspended in a Spokane casino.

KRISTIN NELSON

 SEATTLE WA

VIT ceramics are produced at Kri Kri Studio in Seattle. The designer and artist, Kristin Nelson, earned her degree in ceramic sculpture from the University of Washington and has been working in clay ever since graduating.

VIT, say,"veet", is Swedish for "white". Nelson also studied in Sweden and speaks Swedish, so the name seemed natural for her range detailed with thin, white stripes. VIT ceramics focuses on form rather than pattern and is available in a variety of colors including black and white, The sensibility is Scandinavian, practical yet soft and grew from a desire to simplify.