What is your inspiration behind your goods?
DR: My pieces evolved from both a love of antiques and a childhood fascination with Jules Verne and Flash Gordon whose imaginations took them into space decades before scientists actually made it possible. Their fanciful rocket ships were beautifully aesthetic and eclectic collections of gears and flourishes, often defying aerodynamics. But they remained in my mind as wonderful, whimsical spacecraft worthy of praise.
What is the most unique about where you live?
DR: One of the most unique things about living on the seacoast of New England is the abundance of antique shops and flea markets. This make finding parts for my creations easier than it might be in other areas of the country. While this is helpful in collecting potential parts, that process is by no means easy. I need to keep an inventory of thousands of potential “rocket ship parts” in my studio at all times in order to increase the possibility of having the perfect one I need at any given time. Because I use only antique and vintage parts, I can’t just run down to the hardware store every time I need something.
When you travel, how do you find souvenirs for yourself and loved one?
DR: I travel a lot. When I do, I bring back things that remind me of where I’ve been, and I try to find items I cannot get anywhere else. Sometimes I bring back gifts for family and friends, but sometimes I look for items to keep for myself as reminders of wonderful trips. I like to go to shops that do not carry the typical souvenirs manufactured specifically for tourists.
Top 5 places you want to visit
• New Zealand
Top 5 places you have visited
Top 5 goods from your favorite places
• Foreign antiques
• Photo books
• Home decor items
• Local artwork
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