I'd like to introduce Ben Kenison. He started working at Made on 23rd in February and I just want to say....he is AMAZING! His attention to detail, meticulous construction skills, problem solving prowess, and easy-going personality make him a perfect fit for our studio. He takes on challenges with gusto and has put his talents to work on the products that we are developing.
Ben studied product design at the University of Oregon with a focus in soft goods and textile products. He took an interest in localized and small scale production, and this has been a common thread throughout his work.
His background is in fine arts but has dabbled in a little bit of everything from drawing and painting to welding and mixed media sculpture. And...when he is not working at Made on 23rd, he is designing and building hand-made hats.
Ben's design philosophy is rooted in exploring how craft and industry relate to one another and how they can be used to inform/inspire how they work together.
It's inspiring to hear about Ben's weekend adventures which are filled with outdoor activities. It seems he is always up for an adventure, even if this means getting up early to drive to the coast, catch his limit of clams, and be back in town in time for work. He can also be found fishing, rock climbing, snowboarding, gardening, making Kombucha, and traveling the world.
We are very excited to have Ben on our team at Made on 23rd!