With a love for the beach and surf culture, I create designs for wooden baby mobiles, wall hangings and a variety of coastal (and some non-nautical) decor. When Flying Tree Studios opened it's doors in 2013, we were all about creating wooden baby mobiles. Though our mobiles continue to make wooden shapes and cutouts dance in the air, my designs have found their way onto paper, canvas, fabric and plywood panels.
My California doesn’t quite match up with the one often depicted in popular culture. Sure, I’ve experienced my fair share of earthquakes and traffic jams, but these are minor inconveniences that can’t overshadow my love for barefoot walks on the beach at low tide, seals sunbathing in the harbor, and bonfires at the beach with friends and family.
In college, I set aside my crafting, sewing and painting activities as nothing more than hobbies while I focused on studying Biology at UC San Diego. My focus quickly changed when the university introduced a school of architecture. The words of my high school math teacher (“With handwriting like that you should be an architect!”) rang in my ears and I decided to take a class out of curiosity. I was instantly hooked! When the school of architecture was forced to close after only a year, I pursued a degree in art/architectural history and followed up with a Masters of Architecture from UC Los Angeles. I was ready to start making things again!
My architectural career was in its infancy when I took a leave to start our family. As a stay-at-home mom, I found new joy in my creative hobbies and soon became more interested in pursuing craft fairs than returning to the field of architecture. I longed for a way to make things with my own two hands for a living, and the rise of e-commerce gave me a storefront I once only dreamed of being able to acquire.
When my kids were babies, we used store-bought baby mobiles. Once they were no longer entertaining, the mobiles were given away. When I had my first inclination to create a baby mobile, I wanted it to be something that could become part of a home’s décor and last long after baby was out of the crib. Today, I have mobiles in practically every room in our house and think it is an art form that is truly underestimated. With just the slightest breeze from a nearby window or ceiling fan, my wooden mobiles spin and provide a dynamic design element to any room.
It’s been so fulfilling to connect with and create pieces for folks around the world who share my fondness for the beach. While trying to capture the essence of California (with a dash of Hawaii, which has always been near to my heart as my Grandmother’s home) I aspire to create designs that appeal to babies and grownups alike. Now a work-at-home mom to my two boys, I find tremendous joy in designing and making wooden creations by hand. I truly appreciate the support that every order provides me to continue living a creative life I love.
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