Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Scibelli and Dyllan Nguyen.
Brooke and Dyllan, please share your story with us.
We’re both interdisciplinary makers and originally from Massachusetts. We met while studying in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Our early collaborations took the form of carefully executed events and multi-media performances, and has since evolved to include a variety of hand-crafted functional objects, artworks, and the facilitation of hands-on workshops. Finding inspiration in raw materials such as fine woods, fibers, and scraps of almost any nature, we explore methods that are accessible and sustainable. Our complimentary skillsets, passion for the arts, and knack for problem-solving has led to the founding of the studio.
We have both showed artworks locally and internationally as individuals. Our collaborative work has been on display at the Boston Children’s Museum, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, UForge Gallery, MassArt, and Aviary Gallery. Our most recent work exists in people’s homes, in their backpacks, and on their wrists.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a bumpy, yet fruitful road– we like to think of our path as a winding dirt road with unexpected turns, great views, and lots of decision-making!
Ultimately, time and space are our greatest challenges– as existential as it sounds, the reality is that there are only so many hours in each day, and there’s limited affordable space in our crowded city.
It is a privilege to be makers, to always be learning new processes and taking on new projects. It is also a challenge to find balance between work, life, and making– we aim to blend the three together. In learning how to do this we’ve struggled to make time for all the projects we want to take on, and have regretfully turned down clients due to lack of space. Work shop space for an artist or maker can be sparse and unaffordable in the Boston area. We are fortunate to have recently expanded our studio to a shared workspace in Allston alongside many talented local makers.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We’re a creative warehouse, supplied with a wide skillset and eager to create solutions. We design and fabricate distinct objects to solve everyday problems and add simple texture to life. Our carefully crafted furniture, home and office goods are typically made with wood, fibers, and various materials. With environmental sustainability and life-long use in mind, we work with clients to achieve practical and aesthetically pleasing designs. We aim to create solutions that work for everyone by keeping our designs accessible and affordable.
Both artists and teachers by nature, we believe the action of making nourishes the soul and calms the mind. In a world increasingly disconnected from using our hands, people look to technology to solve their problems. At Non Issue Studio we’re tapped into the primal instinct to create with one’s hands, and we’re not only here to make things for you, but to encourage others to make for themselves. To achieve this, we lead workshops in woodworking and visual arts for students of all ages and ability levels. We strive to reach all kinds of clients, collaborators and students through our work. We want to inspire students, provide creative agency for non-artists, and work with unexpected partners.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Jamaica Plain is an ideal neighborhood of Boston to be a practicing artist. Inspiration runs deep through in its diverse communities, hardworking cultural organizations, and treasured green space. The major overlapping industries in Boston allow for unprecedented collaborations and instills the addictive start-up work ethic in nearly everyone.
Though, what overshadows our city’s advantages is unaffordable space. Boston is one of the most expensive cities to live in in the country, never mind rent a studio or shop space on top of existing living expenses. The endless testimonials of creatives being displaced by luxury condos is discouraging. We at Non Issue Studio are lucky to have the support systems we do, to have met generous Bostonians, and to be a part of unwavering communities– but the reality is, Boston’s creative economy workers can barely afford to stay.
- Website: www.NonIssue.info
- Email: ContactNonIssue@gmail.com
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Brooke Scibelli & Dyllan Nguyen