Melissa McElroy, founder of Greenpoint Originals, was featured on Scout Mob website. Read the full article below or check it out here!
“Native New Yorker Melissa McElroy has always been a painter, though she chose Interior Design as her academic focus at FIT. Which is the same place she got interested in designing furniture. At a certain point, she started thinking of furniture as sculptural objects— a form of art that should be looked at from all sides. Claiming to have had a long-time love affair with wood (“no pun intended,” she says), she uses it as her main medium to build such pieces, in addition to creating a variety of other works (from pillows to prints) for her business, Greenpoint Originals, which brings together all sorts of local, Brooklyn-based artists. Which is awesome. And something we couldn’t wait to learn more about. So, we picked her brain. About her art, her business and what makes the funny, opinionated Melissa McElroy, well, Melissa McElroy.
SCOUT: So… Greenpoint Originals. How’d you come up with that?
MELISSA: I started to think about Greenpoint Originals in late 2008, when the economy was in the toilet and I had some time off from [my job]. I was doing a little freelance interior design work and I kept finding myself running to Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and all the usual suspects for last-minute home accessories. I kind of felt weird about it, because although these pieces were nice and well-priced, they were all made in China or Indonesia or something like that. They’re obviously mass produced and available everywhere. There is nothing really that unique about them. And with the economy being so [terrible], seeing so many creative people who I know out of work and looking for work and projects, it just made sense to think about local resources and giving people access to them, [as well as] exposure. And so I took it to the next level with the site: greenpointoriginals.com
SCOUT: Wow, that’s really great. Now, you create some of the stuff found on the site, too—furniture to prints. Wanna tell me a little about that?
MELISSA: My work on Greenpoint Originals consists of some pieces that were designed about ten years ago, [but] which I’m now building using sustainable materials, and some new pieces that I designed with certain sustainable materials [in mind]. The newer pieces reflect a lighter aesthetic, more flexible and mobile. A lot of the pieces are pieces that can be self-assembled, most without any hardware at all. The art is art that I made is kind of quick, stream-of-consciousness work, focusing on color and mood rather than a personal concept.