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Born to do it.

Good Evening! This marks the completion of my second week of work. I was on the point stitch machines the entire week. I am having a lot of trouble getting accurate and clean point stitches. I am assuming with more time I will become a pro at it. While I am still learning, I am trying not to get so down on myself for not being perfect. It is easy to get down on yourself when you aren't instantly good at the things you do.

What I am finding is Shinola is a diverse work evironment. There are all kinds of people old and young, every ethnicity, from many different backgrounds working together to make one final product. The timeless wearable, A watch.

After work this week I was helping Eric Schantz from Saginaw paint a mural in a charter school on the East side. Painting at the school reminds me of a lot of my previous work. In middle school I was painting on large pieces of canvas, backdrops for school plays and murals on the sides of laundromats. I later in college did work on the B…

My First Week and Far as I can See

This marks my first full week at Shinola. I love working there so far. The atmosphere is really positive and people are friendly. In this week I switched from my first station where I put metal buckles onto the watch bands to a station where I point stitch the leather bands. Many of these stations remind me of things I did in the metals studio at school.

My goal is to know how to make a watch band from start to finish by the end of the year. Advice for anyone trying something new at their job or working full time for the first time, is to be a sponge for information. I am learning as much as I can. What I find is that learning happens in all kinds of places in our lives. What I learn from most is watching the people around me do things. All I can do besides put 110% into my work is learn as much as I can. 


So what you may notice is my style is a bit quirky and very colorful. This is who I am. When I was growing up, going through middle school and high school, I had a hard time dressing …

The Night Before

This is the night before a big change in my life. I start at Shinola in the morning. There is no telling what is in store. I start my orientation and get a picture ID, that is all I know.

I have been house sitting for a couple in Southwest Detroit. In the mean time I'm starting my new job and looking for my own place to call home. The search has not been easy but I am staying optimistic about it. The house I am staying in is very old and the owners say it was built in the early 1900's from a Sears catalogue. So the entire interior is embellished with wood and weird quirks. I have been photographing as I have stayed here. The natural light is fantastic. I will make a special post about the house over the week.

It has been a month of sad good byes and exciting hellos. I have officially moved out of my place in Ann Arbor which means I had to say good bye to Melania. I also had to move Arey, my pet cat, into the house I am sitting. The transfer process has been a slight struggle f…

Maturity is Overrated

One of my favorite things to do that I don't think gets enough play is mix patterns and colors that people don't normally think of. Just before I left for Japan in May Melania and I went out to one of our favorite photo spots in Ann Arbor. We were still waiting for the sun to hit summer temperatures but still playing in it. 

I like to mix patterns that have lots on contrast to them. In this look I did nutral verticle stripes with a black & white hounds tooth. Keep your style funky by mixing simple but bold patterns.

Hello! I am back.

Good Morning!

It is a beautiful sunday in Ann Arbor. I am Proud to announce I have accepted a fulltime position at Shinola in Detroit. I am moving to the D this week and I am very proud of myself. Since gradution from the University of Michigan I have been quite lost but still making things. I have thankfully had my room mate Melania around to help get rid of some nervous creative energy. Last week we did a shoot in the rain.


Part of me thinks we created the storm with our powerful creativity. As the wind blew we used it to make our outfits look better and as the rain poured down I walked confidently into the parking lot exclaiming "I'm not so sweet I'll melt."


The only way to get what you want and different results is to play with all the curcumstances given to you. So I don't have a photo studio.. does that mean I don't take photos? No, the world is your studio.


The world is your studio and the lighting is perfect, unexpected and magical. The older and fart…