Designer Q&A: Eric Trine
We sit down for a very insightful Q&A with the "Maker of Things", Eric Trine. Eric Trine, 29-years-old Educational Background: BFA Sculpture - Biola University 2007. MFA Candidate ('13) in Applied Craft and Design - Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft.
How did you discover your passion for making furniture? I discovered my passion for making furniture by actually making furniture. I have a passion for making - and with furniture it's nice that the things I can make can actually be used in a functional way. So, I like the making of the item but I really enjoy seeing what happens to it after it's made. I love seeing how people enjoy my pieces - how they put them to use.
What inspires you? Thrift stores, garage sales, antique malls and flea markets. It's not about finding old stuff or nostalgia for me, it's about finding stuff that doesn't have a name or a brand associated with it. I love finding weird one-offs. Right now I'm super into old crappy ceramics - the kind of pieces that students make in high school ceramics classes and they give it to Grandma as a Christmas present. You know, the types of things that sit in a garage until they have a garage sale, and then after no one buys it it gets donated to Goodwill, and then it sits on the shelf for years. I guess I'm inspired by the stories behind things but as you can tell I also like to make the stories up myself! I also love just walking around hardware stores or lumber yards. I like to look at raw materials rather than finished pieces.