Mini Maker : ChelseaMakes
I'm really excited to share this Mini Makers feature today!
Chelsea of ChelseaMakes kindly took some time out to talk tiny furniture and big plans for 2018.
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Chelsea's Simplekits are super cool, laser cut, self assembly. I love the originality (and the packaging! LOVE the packaging!) and of course the unbearably cute side-kick, Martin the Hamster is along for the ride and a bit of product testing!
So, with out further ado, it's over to Chelsea!
"I’m Chelsea from ChelseaMakes. I’m a New York native who now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California with my fiancé Nick and our hamster Martin.
By day I’m a Landscape Architect, and by night, a miniatures enthusiast and maker! Martin helps model all of my designs, and Nick helps with a little bit of everything. I couldn't do it without them."
What first drew you to working with miniatures?
"As a kid I loved miniatures, my friend and I would spend hours decorating and redesigning her dollhouse room by room. In high school, however, it wasn’t cool to be interested in miniatures and so my interest fell quiet for a while.
By trade, I’m a Landscape Architect. In college we often had to make physical scale models of the designs we were working on. That was when I remembered how much I LOVED miniatures. That was also when I discovered Laser cutting- the obsession that would carry over into ChelseaMakes and the Simplekits.
After college I moved to California from New York for work with Nick. Like any big change, it was scary, and the adjustment was depressing. I knew I needed help adapting. I really wanted to find a hobby that would help me ground myself- meet people, learn something new. That was when I got the flyer for TamMakers, a creative group and maker-space in town. I took my first woodworking class there and was hooked. I still teach the Laser cutting class there.
With only a 500sf apartment, the Bay Area doesn’t lend itself to being a great place for furniture building. That’s when I decided I would continue furniture making in 12 scale!
I bought a Glowforge brand laser cutter, and ChelseaMakes really got started. "
What is inspiring your projects currently?
"Simplekits are designed to be assembled by anyone, young or old. And what really inspires me is finding different ways to adapt the same principals of assembly. There’s no better guide than trial and error. "
What would you love to see happen for ChelseaMakes in 2018?
"In 2018 I’m hoping to get all of the Simplekit houses and furniture kits onto ChelseaMakes.com.
I really love them, and I hope everyone else does too."
Check out the cute packaging!
If you had to choose just one of your pieces, what is your favourite item to create?
"I love making replicas of the furniture I actually have. One of the first minis I made was a replica of our Ikea Poang chair. That was my favorite for a long time. Right now my favorite item is the Moroccan pouf. My grandmother had two in her house and I absolutely loved them. If we had a bigger apartment I would have them everywhere. Since we don’t, I’ll just have settle for the 12scale version!"