2019 Cranbrook Academy of Art • MFA Fibers 2019
2015 College of the Redwoods • fine woodworking • two year certificate
2014 Capellagården • Vickleby, Sweden • student exchange, woodworking and textiles
2006 Smith College • Bachelor of Arts with high honors • Major: architecture
2019 Cranbrook Academy of Art Director’s Award
2018 Larson Award for Rävemåla Residency
2018 Stewart Thompson Haystack Fellowship for “Push, Pull, Play” workshop with Katie Hudnall
2015 AWFS Fresh Wood Competition - 2nd place in Chairs
2014 Architectural Woodworking Institute Education Foundation Scholarship
2014 Susan Detjens Memorial Foundation Scholarship
2021 Center for Art in Wood, ITE Residency Show, Philadelphia, PA
2019 Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices, Arrowmont Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN
2019 Material Object Belief, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2019 Thesis Show, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2019 Kindred Neighbors: An Inhabitation of Cranbrook House, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2018 Summer Show, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2018 Chair Show, 1301 Broadway, Detroit, MI
2016 Appalachian State University 9th Annual Chair Competition - Finalist
2015 handmade/mindmade exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2015 Highlights gallery exhibition, Mendocino, CA
2014 handmade/mindmade exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2014 Highlights gallery exhibition, Mendocino, CA
RESIDENCIES & COMPETITIONS
2021 Windgate ITE • Philadelphia, PA
Future residency at the Center for Art in Wood and University of the Arts.
2019 Design Center in a Box • Detroit, Michigan
As part of a small team of designers, was selected for the transformation of a vacant storefront to be used by the Detroit City Planning for community engagement, exhibitions and pop-up retail. Designed and pre-fabricated all architectural, lighting and furniture pieces in-house using CNC machine and woodshop. Installation slated for fall 2020.
2018 Rävemåla Artist Residency • Ålem, Sweden
With collaborator Christi Byrd, created site specific sculptures to reintegrate human senses with the rural landscape through heightening/altering the physical senses.
2018 Haystack Open Studios Residency • Deer Isle, Maine
Conducted investigations into merging digital and hand crafting techniques, explored utilizing textiles processes on wood.
2016 Make your Future residency at Staten Island Maker Space • Staten Island, NY
Prototyped furniture pieces and produced commissioned work, taught woodworking classes.
current Pratt Institute School of Design • Visiting Instructor Industrial Design
Teaches project based fabrication technique to Sophomore ID students. Topics include: woodshop machine use and wood milling, joinery, plastic bending, welding and vacuum forming, resin casting, manual mill operation, lathe use, and hand carving.
current Pratt Institute School of Design • Knitting Futures and Digital Fabrication Lab Manager
Manages digital fabrication labs including: ensuring safe and successful operation of several 3-axis CNC machines, 3D Prusa printers, Universal laser cutters and Shima Seiki digital knitting machines as well as traditional wood shop machines. Manages hiring, training and staffing of labs.
2017-2019 Cranbrook Academy of Art • Shop technician and CNC operator
Assisted students with fabrication techniques, both analog and digital. Piloted and organized student taught fabrication workshop series. Taught introductory woodworking and joinery workshops.
2017-2019 Cranbrook Museum of Art • Exhibitor assistant
Assisted lead exhibitionist in museum show installation and deinstallation. Built and demolished gallery walls, handled artwork and fabricated fixtures for exhibitions.
2010-ongoing Jess Osserman Designs
One woman design/build practice producing custom wooden furniture, public art installations, outdoor seating and tiny homes.
2016-2017 Makeville • Shop Monitor & Woodworking Instructor
Taught courses: Intro to woodworking, Woodworking for women, splined mitered boxes and hand-cut dovetails. Maintained shop and machine equipment, organizing tools and assuring student/member safety during regular shop hours.
2009-2012, 2016 Hester Street Collaborative • Program Associate and Teaching Artist
Imagined and developed curriculum, designed and executed public art, urban gardening and design/build projects. Education projects resulted from a collaborative process between volunteers, staff, myself and 20 - 100 elementary or middle school students. Assessed design education projects based on school and organization goals, educational links, funding requirements, time and cost metrics.
Projects include: creating and installing solar powered lanterns in a public park to celebrate the lunar new year, painting a 90 foot long mural depicting Chinatown, creating 400 mosaics to line planters in a public park, silk-screening plant identification signs, creating a hand felted, KoolAid dyed textile installation representing native trees, constructing cedar bird houses for native birds with hand tools and creating stop motion animated films depicting the life cycle of edible plants.
2011-2012 Yestermorrow Design/Build School • Design/Build Intern
Coordinated with instructors, prepared workshops for rotating courses, sourced materials. Created traveling exhibition. Organized staff/intern/student community building events. Completed courses: Willow ribbed canoe, treehouse design/build, timberframing, reclaimed furniture design/build, green ladder-back chairs, fundamentals of design, math for builders, box making, and concrete countertops.
2011 Center for Urban Pedagogy - $ Breakdown • Assistant Teaching Artist
Collaborating with artist Douglas Paulson and 12 high school students from South Brooklyn, created stop motion films exploring money, banks and the perils of being unbanked.
2006-2008 Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects • Junior Designer
Drafted AutoCAD documents, rendered sections and plans for public park projects, greenroofs and institutional clients. Conducted research, designed and produced diagrams for sustainability guidelines for New York City Department of Design and Construction. Built site models, presentation boards and created RFP packages.
2006 studio a/b, art sites • Intern
Renovated building for art sites, an art gallery and architecture office for studio a/b (Hideaki Ariizumi and Glynis Berry, principals). Constructed stairs, deck and building facade, installed drop roof ceiling, painted interior walls, designed signage and installed exhibitions.
2010 farmcycle: a journey across Europe Co-authored, researched, designed and produced a guidebook and travel journal on bicycle touring and farming in Europe. Along with two friends, traveled from Spain to Sweden by bicycle, visiting and working on farms while documenting our journey. The project was funded through kickstarter where we pre-sold 75 copies of our book, as well as printed t-shirts, home-made cheeses and dinner parties. A stop motion video of ourselves riding our bikes through an ever changing landscape created entirely of common vegetables introduced the project and inspired the journey.