Diem Chau.

“I work on my kitchen table so my desk/workspace changes a lot.  It’s the largest room in the house and the largest table I have.  It’s the next best thing since I don’t have a studio.  I’ve nested into a corner of the table and I keep my threads, coloring pencils, crayons and supplies there.  I have items that are long term residences as well as transient things that flow through.  When I’m working I always have my Macbook (now a Macbook Pro, thank you Nike!), iPhone, DLSR and some assortment of munchies handy.  There a jar full of various picking, pulling, cutting and carving implements.  Crayons are always within arm’s reach… there’s a stack of porcelain plates and a sewing machine under the table.  It’s basically controlled chaos and I try to keep it as organized as possible. “


A Vietnam native, Diem Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986.  Chau is a BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts.  Her work has been featured in Harpers, Fiberarts, Readymade and American Craft Magazine. She was a recipient of the 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship Award and has exhibited in New York, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Kate proudly reports:  This Seattle resident was recently commissioned by Wieden + Kennedy to carve 66 crayons for Nike’s 2010 World Cup press kits. Only 11 kits went out and Diem “had 18 days to make around 70 crayons, there was a week I slept 3 hours a night.” Check out her brilliant blog The Pleasure of Tiny Things along with her visually amazing gallery.  She’s a magical storyteller.  Ah, to be one of the lucky eleven; it would be like Charlie winning a golden ticket.  Highsnobiety talks about the end project here.

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