Sabrina L Frey
Designer, Mentor, Leader, Artist, Communicator and Motivator. My life philosophy views obstacles as opportunities to design solutions and I never allow them to stop my forward momentum. Life is too short to allow obstacles to get in the way of progress, lets all find a place to stand where we can move the world. I believe in people and their potential and love my place in the world because I know my efforts are contributing to others life improvements and ultimate well-being. My interests are varied but my passions are for great design and global cultures, both of which require researching and understanding the global community with an emphasis on their contributions, cultures and people.
As a designer I hold myself to one principle: enriching peoples lives. This can come in many forms but begins with speaking with clients and most of all listening to them, then creating spaces that invigorate the senses and renew a user’s sense of anticipation. I believe in the importance of not just knowing that something can be done, but also understanding how it will be done. My knowledge of construction methods and techniques as well as alternative building methods has resulted in clients looking forward to my "willing to find a way" attitude while sharing the why and how during the journey. Successful completion of this multidisciplinary effort can only be effectively executed by respecting and acknowledging all the contributors in the process.
Art comes in many forms and mediums, for me this includes ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, pencil, paper, bead work, wood and architecture. Exploration allows me to sometimes combine them or use them on their own. My work is primarily inspired by nature, the four seasons and historic trends such as Art Deco or Art Nouveau. Working with other artists such wood sculpture Jon Brooks (jonbrooks.org) has helped inspire and enhance my efforts in ways I could not have imagined. By learning new techniques and practicing old ones I hope my work enriches the lives and spaces of those who share it.
With teaching comes researching and in this ever changing world we must constantly chase after the new while preserving the past. Students are designers in training, they are our future and deserve the best our industry has to offer. Industry interaction, field trips, guest speakers and applicable projects will help increase their understanding but passionate teachers who care will keep them in school. They will also mentor and guild students on how to build upon their own passions and see beyond what they thought possible. Academia has proven to be another fulfilling challenge by allowing the use of all my skills in one setting. Applying my program development and marketing background to this mix has yielded incredible results in program growth and expansion. My greatest rewards come from working directly with students and administration to make an interior design education more accessible for everyone who shares that dream.
Sabrina L. Frey