What is your name, company name and product you sell?
Aaron Christopher Brand, AaronBrandDesign (beyondthesurfacellc), I create work that is mostly made from recycled materials, some functional, some not
Where did you grow up? Why do you choose to call Minnesota home?
We skipped around a bit growing up, but Southern Mn mostly, I move to Minneapolis when I was 18.
How did you first begin to dabble in the arts?
I bought a very old house when I was very young. I had no construction background with grandiose dreams of what I wanted my space to look like. I fortunately had a friend that lived directly behind me, whose mom watched me as a child in their home daycare. As he worked on his house I’d trade labor for knowledge on how to make my own home what I wanted. We’d go back and forth on projects for years. His father made lighting, and as a kid I was fascinated by how someone could go out into the garage with some wood and wires and come out with a finished piece, I think it was my first realization that objects were made from something and not just put on earth by god or santa.
Long story short, some construction experience + child like mind + junk = arts
What inspired you to start your own business?
Tell us a little about your design process.
I look at the design process as just a number of small little problems or steps, each one resolved gets you a little closer to the finished work. Using existing materials makes the process a little more organic because the found “parts” are already created and are a major focal point of the finished piece.
When are you the most inspired? What inspires you?
A “FREE” ad on Craigslist…..with delivery
It seems that sculpture is a recurring interest and theme of your work. How do you decide to introduce light as an element to an already interesting sculptural piece?
Light is just an added element, I enjoy creative spaces and home decor…I hope my work can be apart of that environment
Name 3 things that you absolutely must have in your workplace.
glue. wood. heat.
Showroom is delighted to host a welcoming party for Aaron Brand Design on Saturday, January 25th. Aaron and his wife Kaja of Foat will be bringing in many new pieces of art, both lighting and framed, along with never-before-seen items from Foat!
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