COLE REED

ARTIST STATEMENT

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Cole Reed is a mixed media artist and furniture designer currently located in Portland, Oregon. She has a profound ability to see the possibility in some of the most unlikely places and to transform seemingly innocuous materials into beautiful and powerful works of art that transcend from a visual experience into a conversation that illuminates some of the harsh truths of our time.

Cole has explored, discovered, created and collaborated in arts & furniture design spheres in three states over two decades. While a student she had a live/work art space in Tucson called Ona de Luz. She attributes this period as her “graduate training”- received through encouragement, collaboration and gentle nudges from the art community of the building. It was here that she discovered her passion for salvaging and giving existing materials new life as functional pieces of art through furniture creation and design. It was also here that she developed her ideals and values of community, collaboration and widening the path for the next wave of makers, artists, creators and human(e) persons.

Over the years Cole has worked in metal, wood, photography and mixed media. She founded another live/work art studio, thiq ink. and co-founded a full time retail vintage, art and gift boutique, greenHAUS gallery + boutique where she can showcase her work alongside other amazing artists as well as mentor upcoming creators.

In these years Cole has never stopped creating, and honing her voice and her craft. Her pieces can be found in Beverly Hills boutiques, custom homes across the country, the Mayor’s Office of Phoenix and collections of happy clients and friends throughout the world. Now, Cole Reed is looking to branch out and give her creations a brand all their own. To start Cole will put into production between one and three furniture pieces. Then she will build a workshop, offering an inspired and productive space to facilitate creating, brilliant collaboration and mentorship opportunities within her community.