I am a European-trained traditional upholsterer living in the upper Midwest. My work reimagines seventeenth-century techniques in a modern American context. I design furniture that reveals the foundational elements of the craft so that they become central to the design. As I reduce design and form to their essentials, I strengthen the observer’s connection to the craft and materials. For example, stitching that has a structural purpose becomes decorative. The plain upholsterer’s tacks when left visible add a sense of purpose. With my designs, my goal is to educate clients and consumers about the beauty of the traditional upholstery craft and honor the traditions in which I was trained.