Summer Tales #3


"Honestly, I just want the summer to end! Especially in New York. Everything is louder, smellier, more extreme. I work in my studio with my boyfriend every day. Since he works with wood, we have a de-humidifier to keep the temperature steady. No matter what season it is we have a pretty consistent temperature.
I have a vivid summer memory of when I was a child growing up in Malaysia. It's very hot there, so the air conditioner was running all the time. I remember when it was raining, I'd listen to the rain drops hitting the air conditioner. I loved lying in bed under the duvet and listening to the sound: tip trip, tip trip.
In 2000, I moved to Singapore, which is just two degrees from the equator. The sun rises between 6:30-7:00 am and sets between 6:30-7:00 pm, every day of the year. The quality of light was always the same. It was a huge transition moving to Scotland and experiencing the rising and setting of the sun as something that is always changing, and dealing with short days in the winter."

Mary L Chan launched her brand, Bartleby Objects, in 2015. It is known for personal accessories and home goods made out of leather. Every piece is handmade and produced by herself in her Brooklyn studio. You can check out her work here.

Photos by Joanna Jankovska


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