I love installations—you know—the kind of art you can get lost in. Something crafted by hand, placed with a purpose, filling up a room with a whisper of what inspired the creator.
That’s Catie Newell’s specialty. She was trained as an architect and now constructs stunning glass formations that interplay with space, form, light, and color (along with her partners, Wes McGee and Aaron Willette). The pieces photographed above are from a projected entitled, Displace.
Glass is a material unlike any other, and that’s what has Catie mesmerized. The paradoxical attributes of strength and fragility mixed with the fact that it can only be manipulated at a heat that is completely intolerable to humans makes for a complex and challenging medium. Beauty that comes in the form of distortion and bent reflections of the world is the kind that sticks with you, rolling around in your head for days.
People are often surprised to discover that the mastermind behind these works, often described as “violent, aggressive, and jarring,” are the creations of a female artist. Catie dips into the give-and-take between darkness, delicacy, and estrangement through a craft that demands a lot of hard physical work. Take that for defying stereotypes.
Catie is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Pondera Shirt, Amoret Vest, & 1889 Slim-Fit Double-Front Dungaree.
There has been a lot of talk lately concerning the typical gender codes for children’s toys. Boys usually play with water guns and model cars. Girls commonly play with dolls and tea sets. When kids deviate from the gender driven stereotypes, it can cause a bit of a stir. It’s about time we learn to let kids do what they love. Don’t stifle passions and interests. They can lead to great things.
For Diane Fallstone, that mentality rings true. She grew up tagging along with her brother: building forts, climbing trees, and playing with Hot Wheels. As time passed, her interests continued along the automotive path. She became the owner of her own mobile restoration company in the San Francisco area. Diane learned that in the automotive world, women have to work harder to prove they have what it takes. In the long run, that extra effort makes you more adept and skilled at your craft.
Now Diane and her family live in Portland. Her whole family is in love with the business and lends a hand. Her daughters Madi and Brooklyn are following in their mother’s footsteps. Working together draws them closer as a family and allows knowledge to pass down from one generation to the next. It’s encouraging to see the nurturing side of the mother-daughter relationship break down stereotypes.
Let those power tools roar!
Check out these featured looks:
Diane’s outfit: Carhartt Women’s El Paso Utility Vest, Clarksburg Zip-Front Sweatshirt, Kenmare Henley, & Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double-Front Denim Dungaree. Madi’s Outfit: Carhartt Women’s Tucker Jean Jacket, Clarksburg Zip-Front Sweatshirt, Calumet V-Neck Shirt, & Relaxed-Fit Weathered Duck Straughn Pant. Brooklyn’s Outfit: Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket, Minto Shirt, Denim Bib Overall, & Osmore Conductor Hat.