Category Archives: lamp design

perks for supporting New Woman project

New work inspired by Ringling Circus Museum, Cà d’Zan Mansion and the cultural context of early-American women circus performers.

Please come back soon as the project is currently being mounted on the United States Artists Website.

Here are perks for making donations to my project:


Two of the images printed on Vigor and Pastime depict an original advertisement for electric sewing machines and the other two show women working at home in their tenement apartments sewing Campbell’s Soup Kid doll clothes.
What would Tiffany think? …and what is the definition of craft today? My lamps resemble a Tiffany lamp, but are made from aluminum and plastic – not the precious materials Tiffany worked with. However, they are inspired by gardens and nature. This prototype was developed using the plasma cutter and Trotec laser cutter.  The shades will also be created in the spirit of Tiffany as he arranged flowers and drew them onto patterns to create stained glass designs. I will arrange flowers into the form of the pattern cut-out, photograph and print them onto plastic transparency. The same shade material shown here.

please support my project at NextFab Studio!!

Today I am mounting a project for support on the United States Artists website.  This is very exciting as the money will pay for a residency at Ringling Circus Museum and Ca d’Zan Mansion.  Please keep in touch as my story unravels.

Also – Please please support my project at NextFab!!  Forward the link to all your friends!!  It is free and easy – simply go to the NextFab Award One website and click on

Another way to spread the word is to click the “like” button on the Award One page and on my website.

Thank you for all your support and reassurance!!

Dafodil Shade for Garden Variety

Since 2005, Martina and I have lived in the log-house on the grounds of Stenton Museum in Northwest Philadelphia.  Thanks to the beautiful spring weather and our volunteer gardener, Jean, I am inspired to create “Garden Variety”.  A series of lamps in the spirit of the gardens just outside my front door.

I’ve been walking through the gardens at Stenton collecting flowers and photographing arrangements on a piece of black fur in my Germantown studio. Here is the first sample layout.

This winter, I came upon some books about the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Until then, I never knew too much about Tiffany or how he worked.  Honestly, I just thought there were a bunch of over reproduced lamps.  I will share more as I go along.

The Philadelphia Inquirer 2010

Galleries: Art and Technology Converge in University City

By Edith Newhall
For The Inquirer

For those who missed the news:
The Esther M. Klein Gallery at the University City Science Center is now operating under a program called Breadboard, whose mission is to “convene communities around creative applications of technology.” Hence, the EKG’s latest exhibition, “Machinato Causa,” a collaboration among Breadboard, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), and NextFab Studio, a technology workshop and prototyping center at the Science Center. The shared project began last summer when Breadboard solicited proposals from CFEVA’s artist members for a six-week residency at NextFab, asking them how such an opportunity might help them to streamline their art-making processes. Artists chosen for the program would be expected to exhibit their NextFab works together at EKG after completing their residencies.

Do you really need to know all this to appreciate “Machinato Causa”? Not really, though the gallery should have mounted wall texts saying which of NextFab’s state-of-the-art tools helped to realize the works of the exhibition’s three chosen artists. (NextFab, of which any artist or designer can become a member, offers the use of a laser cutter, a VersaCamm vinyl printer and cutter, a CNC plasma cutter, a digital embroiderer, and various other machines.)

Clearly, Laureen Griffin used quite a few of NextFab’s tools in her installation, “Beauty Revisited: An Ongoing Series of Settings for the Artist’s Gender Portraiture Project,” which includes a room covered with wallpaper of her own design (what appears to be digitally enlarged photographic images of a city street and the parlor of a house) and some furniture, including a lamp with a shade printed with photographic images of butterflies – a contemporary twist on Tiffany. Griffin’s photographic portraits of people of various gender identities seemed not to have been the products of any advanced technologies.
The main gallery space was given to Marisha Simons and Peter Hanley, who worked collaboratively on cut-paper forms suspended from the ceiling. I’d like to have known the technology that allowed the lights inside these pieces to dim and brighten and change colors simultaneously, but I appreciated their fragile, alien presence nevertheless.
Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, 3600 Market St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information:
215-966-6188 or Through Jan. 2.