Make Room Designer Spotlight: Sally Wheaton Hushcha

Make Room Designer Spotlight: Sally Wheaton Hushcha

American Craft Show in St. Paul

Published on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Sally Wheaton Hushcha

Sally Wheaton Hushcha

Courtesy of Sally Wheaton Hushcha

Wha is your company name?
Wheaton Hushcha Design

What's your favorite design tip?
Color has the power to influence mood, evoke experience. Neutral and muddy tones are often most effective when they are offset by a strategically placed counterpoint of saturated color. Golden yellow is a rich, stunning partner to a wide range of grays, deep greens, and purple-browns. One’s emotions are buoyed by its radiance, and the power of the room is enhanced immeasurably when it’s used thoughtfully.

What color did you choose and why?
Yellow is my color choice for this year’s ACC room – not because it’s my favorite color above all others; that would be green. However, when used to best effect, golden-yellow stands out like a beacon against other colors. Its very definition is radiance. Yellow is one of the earliest colors used by human beings in cave paintings. A complex color, golden yellow has historically carried a wide range of meaning: joy, happiness, enlightenment, power, wealth (gold), and wisdom, but also jealousy, avarice, and fear.

What’s your vision for the space?
Against a backdrop of quiet, darker, almost muddy colors, golden yellow glows as no other color can. Objects of this color levitate and float toward the viewer. My goal is to show how these contemporary pieces can weave effortlessly together with historical art references, textural sensibilities, layered color, pattern, and varied materials.

Who are your ACC show artist picks, and why are you featuring those particular objects?
Each piece speaks of line, layer, and contrast. Whether it is a color-play or a dance between positive and negative space, these pieces embody the essence of the natural world, its complexity, the organic, and the ever-changing. 

Louis Andrew’s occasional table: The unusual shape cross-pollinates sculpture and function. As an object, it is airy and alive; a living being offering to hold something special for the user. The blackened, metallic finish has depth, richness, and warmth.

Laura Hunter’s shibori textile: Shibori textile invites one to wind oneself within it; to take safe and beautiful harbor within its warmth and delicate patterning of shadow and light.

Fred Kaemmer’s glass vessels: Golden yellow, metallic leaf, black, and colorless transparency all layered in paper-thin veils. They defy immediate functionality. Instead they ask to be paid attention to. Ethereal.

Judith Kinghorn’s oxidized silver-and-gold floral brooch: Whether displayed upon one’s garment or formally presented on a stand as sculpture, these pieces are intricate and immensely refined while living in a realm of sublime ease and impeccable beauty.


Sally's artist picks