The old joke goes, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.”
Of course it’s really not a joke—not for performers and not for Aurora Lampworks.
PRESERVING THE PAST. ILLUMINATING THE FUTURE
Beginnings in bedroom apartment
Shop in New Haven
Current shop in Bushwick
Aurora Lampworks sign
Aurora Lampworks: From Lampshades to Lighting for Landmark Buildings
Aurora Lampworks was inspired by a mauve lampshade with eightinch fringe that I spotted in an art deco store during my first trip to Europe in 1978. It really was love at first sight. I knew right then that I wanted to replicate lampshades just as beautiful as that one.
Back in my hometown of New Haven, CT, I asked a seamstress friend if she could make a lampshade. She read up on the subject, practiced, learned how to stretch a lampshade and became really good at it. Covering a lampshade by hand is very difficult. You must choose a sturdy fabric with the right amount of elasticity and you must have have strong hands with a delicate touch to stretch that fabric over the frame. Read More…