Created for Brilliantearth.com
Berlinger Rings Kickstarter Video
Directed and edited Campaign Video for Berlinger Rings
Film: Joe Woods
Instagram creative content on behalf of Brilliantearth.com
Graphic design and functionality for retail store Portobello Road in Boston, MA
Graphic Design, content creation, and photography for Glassblowing Studio located in Cambridge, MA
Of all the mass produced things in your life, your engagement and wedding rings shouldn’t be one of them.
(2015) Medium: Breakfast at Tiffanies is Now Serving Steak and Eggs: https://medium.com/@BERLINGERRINGS/breakfast-at-tiffany-s-is-now-serving-steak-eggs-b66bb77b6a17#.8gbq0ihyh
(2015) True Icon Magazine:http://www.trueicon.co.uk/magazine/making-metal-better-berlinger-rings
(2015) Beauty News: http://www.beautynewsnyc.com/male-perspective/mens-jewelry/
(2015) Hey Gents Lifestyle Mag: http://heygents.com.au/2015/06/berlinger-engagement-rings-for-men/
Rings created for Berlinger using Solidworks.
Each ring is carefully drawn by hand, then rendered in CAD using Solidworks. I then troubleshoot for design flaws, wearability of the object, longevity of the casting material, and test the viability of 3d printing the object at scale. Once these problems are solved, I then 3d print each style in wax, cast them into the desired metal, and polish by hand.
From 2011 to 2013, I conducted a study based on the idea that jewelry could empower women and inspire gender equality.
Using specific ideas behind modern feminism as primary design themes, I created pieces inspired by symbols of choice, freedom, and strength. The result: hand-tooled leather armor, and cast rose gold birth control pill rings. Carefully displayed was the structure, symbolism, and wearability of each piece. The project culminated in a gallery event showcasing the jewelry and sociological study together, which logged attendance over 1,000 people in May of 2015.
The Objective: Build a house sufficient for living that is completely off grid. Grow my own food. Attempt to understand how to live without environmental impact, and produce no trash.
The Process: In order to build this cabin I had to lean a plethora of carpentry skills. Through a combination of watching youtube tutorials, interviewing local builders, and trial and error, I was able to accomplish building a 16' X 20' home, complete with a second story loft, in one year. Continuous problem solving defined the building process; how to lay the cement Sonor tube foundation on bedrock, learning how to create a post and beam structure, winterizing the cabin for the harsh Vermont seasons. I learned patience, empathy, accommodation, and to build the muscle to cut wood without electric power tools. I installed fiberglass insulation, walls and flooring, and finally, assessed future electricity needs and began installing solar power. Once the structure was sufficient for inhabiting, I researched off grid water solutions and installed a rudimentary water system with a solar pump.
The fun part: I delved into the interior design work of creating a “living space.” Spacious simplicity, natural light, color, and year round comfort were my main areas of focus. To preserve space I build shelving, tables, in-wall tables, and lighting units. To maintain the surrounding landscape, I learned from local farmers about permaculture techniques, set up perennial and summer garden, and learned how to can goods for winter consumption.
The Outcome: A 16′ x 20′ post and beam off grid cabin, with a 1 acre garden. No electricity, no environmental impact, no waste.
The Why: Many people ask me why I would elect to live in the woods for a year, off grid, and in a house I built myself. "Most people just don’t do that these days", is what i've heard most often, and at first, I must admit to having been skeptical. Over time, I understood that you get to know yourself in nature much differently than the self you know in other places; it can be wild. Efforts, expectations, and needs are different; without self consciousness you delve into another side of the human condition. I wanted to understand balance by living in an extreme situation. When you work on a project of that scale, and out in the woods, you learn what your baseline needs are, and what it is possible to live without, and exactly what you need to do to make ideas happen. I relate it to traveling back years in human development and re-learning self reliance and creativity. The skills I acquired undoubtedly have translated positively into my design perspective, my work ethic and flow, as well as my ability to problem solve.