I’ve been deep in financial numbers and inventory discussions this week - tiny, meaningful numbers that require my Jo Fresh magnifier glasses to see them and...my full attention.
Those who know me best know that I hate numbers - not to mention paying attention.
Let me try that again: I love to focus on creative pursuits - like marketing, designing and writing. Is that right brain or left brain? I forget.
But, I know am one sided.
And I know that the logical, sequential, analytical side was on over drive this week. Big time.
To my delight, Mark Tholen - architect, industrial designer of German descent, lighting designer and professor of design at OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design) - showed up with this custom Suetables design that we have been working on for many months.
This jewelry display is the result of Mark’s amazing talent combined with inspiration from my years of collecting jewelry display pictures from North America and Europe and, of course, on Pinterest. http://www.pinterest.com/suetablesinc/display-inspiration-suetables-gift...
“I always design physically, at first, with the material,” Mark explained of his work. “I took plastic, heat formed it until I liked the shape and then I used a 3D computer design to create the production drawings. The wooden arm for bracelets is hand sculpted from walnut,” Tholen shared.
“You simply cannot draw something as beautifully as you can make something with your hands. I make things and as they take shape, I find the form I like best.”
Mark explained that this was a very tricky and time-consuming process that involved molding, heating, shaping, laser cutting (for the Suetables words), heat forming and wood working.
Today, at the close of a long left-brain week, the talented Mark Tholen re-ignited the right side of my brain. What timing!
And his work is simply genius.