Some of us find ourselves off the beaten path, trying out various interests to find our own way. As a young child, I always enjoyed making things inspired by nature. Growing up on a 12 acre Vermont farm, I spent many sunny afternoons exploring the brooks, fields, and forests by my home looking for inspiration in the world around me. With minimal resources but plenty of tools and time at my disposal, I was able to teach myself to make my own toys out of found materials like fallen wood, deer antler, and metal scavenged from other household objects. Captivated by the process of discovery and creativity, I wanted to continue to learn to craft objects that reminded me of my favorite things.
As an adult in my early 20’s, I had developed a dream of studying at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). I had the chance to attend a Continuing Education program for Jewelry at RISD while I was attending the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and felt it was a great environment for learning how to take my passion for making things further. During that time, I worked as an arborist and an automotive technician full time to pay for classes and hoped that with time, I would be able to make this dream come true.
Shortly after graduating from CCRI, I spent weeks building a portfolio of my artwork and drawings for the application to RISD. To my amazement – I got accepted as a transfer student. Over the next 3.5 years I made it through the “all-nighters” of perspective drawings, model making, presentations, crits and design challenges in the Industrial Design department. I was able to take advanced studios in which I gained a wide range of experiences including learning manufacturing techniques, mold making, many more jewelry practices, working in teams, designing a driving monitor for Progressive Insurance and even creating a “Human Powered Moon Buggy for NASA.
Now, a few years years have passed since I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and its amazing to look back at all that’s taken place. Several of my friends have started their own small companies and some even work for well-known companies designing great products. It’s hard to believe things have come this far, but I continue to look forward to what comes next.
My business is growing, and though it’s mostly a one man operation, I hope to expand with many new products each year ranging from jewelry, accessories, home décor and more.
~Create your own path and never give up~
– Matthew Hall