raised by science and art,
i had an imaginative childhood.
Inspired by found objects, patterns and nature, my career is in creating items that push the imagination and curiosity of the onlooker.
After practicing ceramic art for a decade and graduating from The College of Wooster with a Bachelors in Studio Art (having focused mostly on sculptural and figurative work), I found myself with the desire for a change in medium. I was also looking to create artistic pieces that have function. I wanted to work with wood and metal but at the time did not have the means for producing work from the raw materials.
Thus began my journey into the world of found objects. I browse thrift stores and garage sales looking for the old and unusual. I search for shapes and forms that have withstood the test of time. I look for items that are visually interesting outside of their function and determine how I can reorient them, change their context, and create new imagery.
To shop my online store, go to https://mkt.com/nancyluken.
More About My Lighting
My goal with each lamp is to create an environment which inspires the observer and encourages imaginative interpretation.
Each lamp is made from parts and pieces from the Cleveland community and is one-of-a-kind.
The shades, made with a hardy paper vellum, are custom designed for each lamp and are cut and assembled by hand. An average shade will take roughly twelve hours to complete.