Lindsey Dean is a designer / craftswoman / sculptress / educator residing and working in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. She earned a B.F.A in Metal at SUNY New Paltz where she began to explore the design and craft of jewelry, homeware, sculpture and furniture. Lindsey is the Co-founder of Sam + Lin Designs, a metal design and fabricating studio that builds sculptural landmarks, lighting, furniture, jewelry, and offers custom solutions for promoting business identities. She's also the Co-owner of IDEA Collective, a portable art studio that connects youth with their surrounding communities to build collaborative public artwork that celebrates sustainability, teamwork, hands-on learning, and trade skills.
Though trained as a jeweler, Lindsey's forms grow in size as she explores furniture, and lighting. She is attracted to these domestic objects because of their ubiquity, utilitarian function, gender and age neutrality, and the personal relationships that develop with owners through daily routine. Exploring through the processes of metalsmithing and woodworking, she disrupts our connection between the form and functionality of objects. By multiplying, exaggerating, embedding, and skewing material, Lindsey questions the ingrained forms and functions of everyday items.