Sarah Darnell Grand Rapids, MI


Weather is a powerful tool for sculpting our landscape. By removing material from rock and earth it forms the ground beneath our feet. For me, design is most perfect when born of necessity. The patterns created by the gradual weathering of the Jacobsville sandstone, unique to Lake Superior and the Rabbit Island area, are beautiful, unique and full of history. The accidental geometry and earned imperfections of these formations are something that likely would not have occurred if designed by a human. I wanted to explore the relationship between perceived perfection and visual appeal, as well as the human appreciation of pattern.

Sarah Darnell is an industrial designer, illustrator and naturalist. Her work is heavily inspired by simplicity, function and observation.