June Featured Artist: Molly Ryan
Molly is a multidisciplinary artist whose process is always steeped in the manipulation and reuse of material. She finds the stains left on a drop cloth as interesting as the completed artwork. Of her work Molly says “I am fascinated by the by-product of working with materials. The unintended results that some see as refuse, I see as fuel. I am interested in elevating modest materials and finding beauty in the unexpected results of making."
Molly received her BFA from ASU and her MFA from OCAC & PNCA and works out of her shared Portland-based studio Material Loop.
April Featured Artist: Leanne Martin
Leanne Martin is the founder + designer of Ludvik Handcrafted.
Leanne graduated from San Diego State University in 2017 with a BA in applied design with an emphasis in metal smithing and jewelry design. Taking inspiration from the natural beauty of our ocean and marine life here in San Diego as well as around the world, all of her pieces are meticulously designed and expertly handcrafted with nods to sea life and ocean textures.
Every part of the production process, starting from design development to the forming, fabricating, soldering and enameling of her jewelry are completely handcrafted, with ethically sourced stones and recycled metals/ materials.
Brittany is an artist originally from the Midwest, now living in Portland. She is co-founder of Material Loop, a multidisciplinary studio and art space. Brittany is a recent graduate of the Applied Craft + Design MFA program, a former GLEAN Artist in Residence, and is also an alum of Signal Fire Art’s Wide Open Studios: Summer Immersion backpacking program.
Primarily using reclaimed materials to construct surreal and perhaps even post apocalyptic landscapes, her work implicates stewardship and interconnectedness as the primary sites for reflection. She applies furniture and architectural forms as stand-ins for the body to define how boundaries shape our identities and protect our vulnerabilities. The changes in scale and material guide the intimacy of the interaction. Derived from personal stories, these often precarious forms become symbols to document and reflect on our shared hopes, fears, and struggles while the intricately embedded symbols invite you to join in the search for meaning.
Aleya Lanteigne is an artist originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, and currently resides in San Diego, California. She is a graduate from San Diego State University, where she earned an MFA in Furniture Design & Woodworking.
She works across media - incorporating found and repurposed materials with wood and textiles. Drawing upon the connected histories of furniture and fashion, she parallels garments and upholstery to essentially create wearable furniture.
She sources materials that women use to manipulate themselves in order to achieve what society would find aesthetically beautiful and socially valuable, such as underpinnings.