Thank you for being a part of the spring sale! We can’t wait see your beautiful mobiles in person.
Your career is in product design, collaborating with various brands on leather goods and metal. Did you always know you wanted to have your own line of designed products?
I had a leather accessory company for several years, and I wanted to have my own line at that point. I took a design job with Skagen, a Fossil owned brand, which brought me to Texas at the end of 2013. I didn’t expect that I would have another line of goods, but the mobiles morphed into their own business, which has been completely unexpected.
What led to your interest in metalwork? Do you see any similarities working with metal vs. working with leather?
It seems like an abrupt transition, although when I worked for Skagen I was taking several jewelry classes hoping to add jewelry to my resume. Working on a small scale was cumbersome for me, and I decided to make a mobile. Technically they don’t have much in common, although, aesthetically speaking, they don’t seem so far off. I can see the same person owning both.
Can you share with us a pivotal moment in your career as a designer? What did it teach you and/or where did it lead you?
I lost my Dad in 2012, which was a pivotal moment for both my life and career. I closed my business, left Brooklyn for Texas, and surprisingly entered into a very creative time period. Working at Skagen, I had open ended design direction, time to develop my aesthetics, and worked with a collaborative design team that have become wonderful supportive friends. I designed over 150 pieces at the time from handmade mockups of almost all of them. In that time, I also developed the mobiles. That time period has set the foundation for my current creative pursuits.
AND to get to know you a bit better…
Hometown: Moscow, Idaho
Astrological Sign: Libra
What would you be doing if you had a different career? I can’t imagine another career. I have so many ideas to pursue within my current profession, they will take a lifetime to develop. I am hoping for a long life.
What was the last big risk you took? There are so many in the past few years, it is hard to say. Leaving a corporate job without any concrete plans is traditionally considered risky. Although, being open and intuitive has lead to so many exciting opportunities.
Where do you find inspiration away from the computer? Seeing art from artists exploring ideas that seem universal and poetic. Connecting with friends about their ideas and how their work may be impactful. Understanding other cultures, history, and language. I am interested in ideas.
Last great travel destination? Seoul Korea, I was there for 2 ½ months for a shoe design residency
Dive deeper into Corie's design world here, and see Circle + Line mobiles in person on May 6th at the Palm Door.