From an early age, I have been obsessed with making. I learned the joy and compulsion for handcrafting from my parents; I grew up working countless hours alongside my parents either in the garage, woodshop, or building site. Growing up on an old farm in Northern Illinois there was always a machine to fix, a car to repair, or a board to replace. I left the Mid West to attend college on the East Coast and received a bachelor’s degree in media theory from Brown University in Providence, RI. Those four years of studying critical theory continue to inform my work. Theoretical reflection is important to my studio work and I strive to create innovative work which integrates theory and practice. I have worked designing and building custom furniture independently and collaboratively since 2005. Currently, I am pursuing an MFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design on the West Coast at San Diego State University.