I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and we were "cottage people." Every weekend we'd head to the lake. In the summer, I had friends to play with, but in the winter I'd entertain myself. I suppose this is why I started making things. I made dollhouses and doll clothes, drawings, little clay sculptures, you name it. I was never lonely.
This desire to make things led to the study and practice of architecture - a process I refer to that as the design of big things.
I love the big things, but it is the small things that allow us to put our stamps on the places we occupy. I sew, draw, paint and then I wonder what to do with it all. What might others find of value? Is it truly possible to support oneself by making things? What big lessons are there to learn in small tools and methods? In these technology-driven days, would other people come and make things with me? All of these questions are what I mean when I say that Grace & Diggs is an experiment in the design of small things. It is a shop full of my own experiments in creating, it is an experiment in figuring out what to do with all these things, and it is an invitation to others to come experiment with me.
ABOUT THE NAME
The name "Grace & Diggs" is my invention.
I love the word, "grace." It speaks to things that are lovely. "Digs" is reminiscent of the seventies as in, "Hey cool cat, welcome to my digs!" I added another "g" because I liked the way the word looks this way.
When I look at the things that were trendy in the seventies, I see that tastes change over time and that good taste is a subjective thing. Together, the terms "Grace & Diggs," are a mantra of sorts; pursue beauty but hold it lightly and don't forget to have fun along the way.