On a little thoroughfare in Bushwick Brooklyn, tucked away in an unassuming building a few floors up, there is a small simple oasis where Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen work their magic. Having originally met at Oberlin College over a shared love for materials (feathers, wood, thread, gold, paper, cotton, marble, pigments), the partners moved to New York in 2008, determined to continue working together.
"We want to create objects that are universal, timeless and based in these larger historical and ceremonial frameworks. It doesn't have to be for everybody…we make the decisions on what materials we use like artists, not like business people. At the end of the day, I think it all goes back to us wanting to create something gift-oriented. Our objects have an inherent duality as both functional pieces but also as ceremonial objects," points out Signorile. "We are making these special objects that I hope inspire people to think of the special people in their life. We want our work to be something that can become a family heirloom and be passed down through the generations."