Fort Makers is a playful, multidisciplinary and immersive art brand. Founded in 2008, the studio focuses on hand-making useful objects with the intention of expanding the definition of art.
Nana Spears Creative Director and Co-Founder of Fort Makers
Nana Spears curates and produces all projects at Fort Makers. She received an MA in Media Studies at the New School, where she studied film production and media theory. She also spent ten years working in NY’s fashion industry with powerhouse businesses, Barneys and Steven Alan. This experience gave her insight into fashion’s thriving creative economy. When she met Noah Spencer and Naomi Clark, two wildly creative artists, she knew a fantastic opportunity was at hand. Struck by their talent, she knew she needed to invest in their skills.
Noah James Spencer Artist and Co-Founder of Fort Makers
Before founding Fort Makers, Noah Spencer mentored under furniture designers Patrick Townsend, Paul Loebach and Uhuru Design. Noah grew up surrounded by nature in a small mountain community called Sunshine Canyon near Boulder Colorado. Many of this community’s residents are artists, including Noah’s parents, and from a young age he was encouraged to make things.
Naomi Clark Artist and Co-Founder of Fort Makers
Naomi Clark received her MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Her initial collaboration with Fort Makers, The Blanket Project, was a natural progression from the work she did for her Pratt thesis show. At Pratt Naomi painted found objects, and she related her approach to that of Marcel Duchamp’s. For The Blanket Project, Naomi continues this approach by painting on found, old, wool blankets. In her exploration of breaking free from the canvas, Naomi has painted Fort Makers’ ties, blankets, scarves, dresses, lamp shades and pillows, as well as stage backdrops for MoMA PS1’s Warm Up series. Naomi’s major influences include Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Mitchell and Willem De Kooning. She continues to paint canvases, and her paintings can be seen at naomi-clark.com.
Elizabeth Whitcomb Artist
Elizabeth Whitcomb, the designer of her independent brand Tapley, joined Fort Makers in the summer of 2012. Her jewelry is inspired by nature and primitive art. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History and a Master’s degree in Food Studies.
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