Team Simply Wood Rings
My formal training, hands-on experience and years of dedication to my craft have allowed me to find that point where nature breathes through the form, striking a balance between the contemporary and the ancient, crafting fine art that is deeply personal, contextual and alive.
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Life breathes throughout the everyday. Even in an urban environment, we are surrounded by organic processes, of growth and decay, birth, life, and of death. These processes shape our existence and make each moment precious, fleeting and magnificent. An awareness of this transitory beauty is what drives my work and what I endeavor to capture in each of my creations.
Influences & Inspiration
I respect Maloof as much as my own father. He once said he was simply a woodworker. To the rest of the world, he was a giant. You can Google his name to see the impact he has had on the world. His impact on my life is manifest.
A world-renowned furniture maker, Krenov makes warm, reflective woodworking.
e. e. cummings
“To be nobody-but-yourself-—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” from “A Poet’s Advice to Students”
Don Miguel Ruiz
“Say only what you mean. The word is the most powerful tool we have as humans.” from The Four Agreements
Stickley was the leader of the American Craftsman movement, a German emigre to the midwest who, after early work at his uncle’s chair factory, began to extend the tradition of the British Arts & Crafts movement into a new order of trust in material and elegant simplicity. I consider the work that came out of his paradigm-changing career to be a progenitor of my own.
The revolutionary leader of the people once said: “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!”
Meet the Team
Sara moved to Chicago from Wisconsin after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a B.A. in Arts Management with a visual arts emphasis. Sara manages all office duties as well as our social media. She works closely with all of our customers to create beautiful custom ring designs. When not at SWR, Sara works at a local gallery, hangs out with her dog Gatsby, and enjoys playing beach and indoor volleyball.
Administrative Assistant & Shipping Coordinator
Elise attended Smith College where she received a B.A. in Fine Art with a Printmaking concentration. Elise is our shipping guru and handles most of the shipping duties. She's working on mastering our product line so she can help design rings as well. On the days she is not at SWR she is working in her studio, at a local print shop or local gallery. In her free time she likes to hang out with her dog and explore the city.
Cesar can do pretty much anything he sets his mind to, and loves a good challenge. He’s a problem solver and an innovative thinker. Cesar went to Illinois Institute of Technology, where he studied Architecture. He loves working in a creative environment where he can put his skills to the test. He works with his team members to make the eco-friendly, artist-designed wooden ring of your dreams.
Yolanda gets it done, on time and perfectly. While she gives a hand in all aspects of the ring-making process, she’s best known around here for her flawless finishes. She’s become an artisan in her own right, designing and making rings that combine unpredictable materials and the processes she’s learned at Simply Wood Rings. Also, she loves Mexican heavy metal.