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Swept Away: Utilitarian Household Goods from an SF Designer

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 14, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Julie Carlson last modified Oct 13, 2015

Hannah Beatrice Quinn, a recent graduate of the furniture design program at California College of the Arts, is fascinated by ordinary household goods; for her 2014 thesis, she fabricated a series of domestic essentials, including brooms, dustpans, and ironing boards. "I strive to understand what makes an object precious in the eyes of an individual," she says. "As a maker, I want to craft objects that help consumers reconnect with the histories, processes, and materials used in the making of ordinary household goods." This past year, she set herself a goal of making 400 brooms, which she'll be selling on her own online shop and other local outlets (for a full list of stockists, go to Hannah Beatrice Quinn ). If you're in San Francisco, Hannah will be selling her work at Studiopatro's two-day Everyday Home Popup Shop on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17. And stay tuned: she'll be launching a new line of dyed black brooms with black broom corn at the West Coast Craft Fair in SF on November 14 and 15. Above (L to R): Hannah Quinn's Handmade Broom is available in three sizes (regular, kids, and hand) for $48 each from the Workshop Residence in San Francisco; the handles are available in bleached ash or walnut. Hannah makes the wood broom handles and Duane Penner, a third-generation broom maker from Dinuba, CA, adds the finishing touches. Photo by Micah Gibson. Above: A dustpan from Hannah's  2014 thesis project at Cal Arts; in November, she'll be the featured artist at the Workshop Residence in San Francisco, where she'll be holding workshops and offering dustpans, Doug Fir hand brooms, and a number of exclusive broom designs.  Above: Each broom is signed by Hannah herself. For a roundup of our favorite brooms, go to The Artful Sweep: Display-Worthy Household Brooms .  More Stories from Remodelista 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems Domestic Science Tip: How to Remove Water Stains from Wallpaper






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