Share a Link Thursday-Collette Collins=Organic EleganceWritten by faith
This share a link is a special friend and colleague, Collette Collins. She exudes talent and passion for her craft and numerous national awards concur about her originality and artistry. Visiting her facility in SODO lifts your spirits and excites your imagination with possibilities to create original pieces of furniture.
“Each of my pieces has a core, a soul. Every piece is connected to the environment around it, and there is a dialogue between the natural world and the hand-made object.” - Collette Collins
ADEX stands for Awards for Design Excellence and is the largest and most prestigious awards program for product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes marketed to the design trade.
Both of Collette’s pieces below are ADEX Gold Winners 2008. On the left is the Paisley Rocking Chair and on the right a Standing Floor Lamp
In keeping with her commitment to environmental sustainability, Collette ensures that no scrap of material goes unused. She often uses salvaged materials in her work, recycles excess bits of wood or fabric from one piece to another, and almost always uses a plywood core to save the exotic materials for the exterior.
Collette describes her work as “American Bohemian” and is proud of her commitment to traditional woodworking methods. There are no computerized tools in her studio; she relies on a combination of old-world craftsmanship and modern tools to create her designs.
Collette brings extraordinary craftsmanship to her work: each piece stands alone as a unique piece of functional sculpture designed specifically to meet the needs of her clients. She works the wood in unusual ways, bending and adding texture with wire brushes, chip carving and band saws to add visual appeal and contrast.
Collette studied Fine Arts at Cabrillo College and San Francisco State University and spent many years as a set designer within the film industry. Her talent has been featured in more than 15 films, including “Sleepless in Seattle” and “The Vanishing.” A practicing Buddhist, a discipline that provides inspiration and encourages patience, Collette believes spirituality plays an important role in her creativity.
6355 6th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98108