This holiday season I fell head over heels with the goldfinch--New Jersey's state bird and the inspiration for these windows. The puffy winter-ready goldfinches are taking part in this year's garland dressing and setting. 

The structure is a plywood form covered in chipboard, wire, styrofoam and paper greenery--pine boughs, sugared lemon bundles, gold pinecones, and pine needles. The birds are made out of hand cut crepe paper feathers with gold leaf tipped wings and gold foil beaks. 


Now for some behind the scene sketches and prep photos... my favorite part :)


My flock of 15 hand shaped, hand cut, hand feathered goldfinches hanging like bats in my artroom. I sketched out bird bodies from real images and filled out the form with styrofoam balls and tissue paper/masking tape. Each one has an individual wing movement to strengthen the appearance of flying

The hourly progression from jig-sawed wood form to ribbon/greenery covered garland


A couple of months ago I tried my darnedest to figure out how to warp my aunt's old Better Homes and Gardens loom from the 1950s. After three solid weekends of unsuccessful and frustrated attempts, Michael took pity on me and bought me a 24" rigid heddle loom! Last weekend I finished it and sent it off to {verdigreen} a vintage and home goods store just a couple of blocks away from me. I met the amazingly kind owner Azedeh a couple of weekends ago and am so excited to announce {verdigreen} will be carrying a few ORO Handmade items in store! These will include my hanging woven wall pieces as well as journals. All materials used for the weaving are completely local including the yarn from neighboring Modern Yarn

Adrift,  2014 // $250

Adrift, 2014 // $250


While I've only posted images of my Anthropologie window displays up until recently, there are a plethora of interior displays I just adored creating. It's always fun to begin a project with teaching yourself new techniques...I am a fiend when it comes to researching new methods and artistic media! (Oh and recalling different types of knots my dad taught me as a kid. Dad, I hope you're happy you taught me to tie hundreds of pieces of bamboo together.)

For this project, I got to combine my love of simple architectural gestures, structural cantalevers, a tasteful ombré, bamboo....and weaving! All the horizontal bamboo slats were hand painted to fade from a green to it's natural yellow above. Hand dyed torn strips of canvas woven into the slats also accentuate this color transition. 

While most of the arch is real bamboo, the risers used to merchandise our home products were all hand fabricated and painted "bamboo."


After falling in love with weaving tissue "baskets," then real reed baskets, and all the while being endlessly inspired by textile/fiber artists such as Sheila Hicks, Justine Ashebee, and Janelle Pietrzak, I decided to fashion my own loom....out of cardboard!

A good set of materials includes:

  • Cardboard box
  • Xacto knife & blad
  • Ruler
  • Cotton string (warp)
  • Yarn (weft)
  • Dowel or stick to hang finished piece from
  • Embroidery needle or handmade shuttle to wrap yarn around

My first cardboard loom from a small box

My second cardboard loom from a larger box

The finished first piece with brass details

I got the idea when I found a tutorial for a cardboard box loom here. If you're a detail-oriented person, it's fairly easy. Here are a couple of extra helpful set up shots:

Spacing and cutting the "reed"

Wrapping the warp through the notches

Stringing the cotton warp thread through the reed

Alternating the stringing through the slot and the hole

Using the reed to tighten the weave