After college, I worked ordinary jobs until The Great Recession when, like many Americans, I lost my job.
This created an opportunity for reflection. I made three lists: What are the things I love to do? What are the things I’m genuinely good at? What are the things I could make a living doing?
With the lists in front of me, dots connected into what became Artifact. I realized I want my own business, where I design products with the finest materials, as well as a nod to my passion for vintage military and utilitarian design. I also want to create these products in my Omaha studio with the help of craftspeople in my community.
Artifact began in February 2010. The first ten months I balanced a placeholder job with nights and weekends devoted to Artifact. By December, I left my job to run Artifact full-time.
It’s 2018 and skilled people help me in a larger studio with more equipment, but my philosophy hasn’t changed. The ongoing challenge is to create the finest quality products that look and feel as impressive as the antiques I am inspired by. I never set out to make replicas of these items, but rather to honor their materials, and the process in which they were made. I’m grateful when my designs fall in line with fashion, but my focus is always on classic style, which is timeless.
Artifact products are handmade in Omaha, Nebraska using domestically sourced materials whenever possible. Many products incorporate vintage, new old stock fabric and hardware. All products offer a lifetime guarantee against defects in workmanship or materials. Buy it once!