How do people live green in their everyday life? What motivates and inspires them? In Re-Nest's new column, Creative People, Living Green, I interview interesting people I meet to find out their habits, thoughts, creative pursuits, business ventures, and green living wisdom.
Heather's exquisite handmade mobiles have dazzled and delighted me for years. She makes one-of-a-kind paper sculptures out of her home studio in Portland, Oregon. With a background in fashion and design, Heather's work makes quite the impact: she balances form, color, playfulness and color beautifully...
Frazier and Wing mobiles come in a variety of colors, textures and shapes. Most frequently, they are made simply with fishing line and paper cut outs, but occasionally found objects (such as graceful branches) and recycled elements also find their way into the work. One commissioned mobile was made entirely from magazine paper as the base of the sculpture.
Heather's work rides that compelling edge between decoration, design and fine art. Her mobiles are really an heirloom type of investment, an intelligently-designed, lovingly created and stunning-to-behold work of art. Imagine a cluster of these hanging at the center of a dining room amidst pendant lights or singularly living in the corner of a nursery. Each piece and color story is dynamic, simple and beautiful.
What does a typical day look like?
Breakfast while reading and discussing the news with my husband. Then emails and blog reading. Then work making mobiles and filling orders. After work I take a walk in my neighborhood. Then dinner with my husband and either a movie or reading into the evening. On the weekends a trip to the farmer's market and a Sunday morning outing for coffee and tea is typical.
The term "green living" can be so generic. What does it mean to you?
Simplicity and thoughtful consideration of the things I purchase, make and use in my life. I think "living green" is really just a matter of being smart and efficient. I tend toward minimalism. Although I love to be surrounded by beautiful objects. I am drawn to things that are of high quality and made from natural materials. So I live by the buy less/buy better rule. It also means carefully considering food choices. I buy as much of my food as possible from local farmers markets. I am a true believer in supporting local organic food producers. I also avoid chemical based products as much as possible.
What inspires you?
Kindness. Intelligence. Art. Artists. Gems. Color. Beauty. Well designed objects and environments.
The one thing you can't live without:
The love of my husband, daughter and mother.
Favorite quote or personal mantra you live by?
Seize the Day
and Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
pretty much cover it for me. Oh, and drink wine and eat cake as often as possible!
Thanks Heather for letting us tour your home studio!
• Frazier & Wing: Frazier & Wing
(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)