Artist Spotlight: Jason Aleksa
Jason Aleksa is a designer from Fairfield, CT who focuses on repurposing antique items into usable fixtures, specifically lighting. He works under his own brand, Stonehill Design, as designer and fabricator. His work is beautifully functional and different from anything mass-produced, such as the radio speaker lamp pictured below. The antique metal cover casts wonderful shadows from the warm lights within.
Jason grew up surrounded by hard-workers and bulky 20th century machines. His grandfather owned a machine shop that turned into his father's heating business. This fascination with machinery and workmanship eventually led to Stonehill Design. Since founding the brand in 2013, Jason and his work have traveled to many pop-up shops and garnered attention from various news sources including Connecticut Magazine, and was the winner of the Locally Made Award 2015 by Serendipity Magazine.
Most recently, Stonehill Design was featured in the segment Better Connecticut on WFSB Channel 3 News. Jason talks about his process of recycling antique objects and transforming them into lighting fixtures.
Jason can turn just about any object into a lighting fixture, as demonstrated above by this Brownie camera flash turned light. His works range from cute and clever to highly sophisticated depending on the object transformed and how the bulbs interact with it.
This simple jar is transformed into a softly glowing lamp, perfect for a nightlight or kid's room.
The Bird Nest Gallery is proud to announce Stonehill Design's arrival into our shop with four unique lighting fixtures as well as a wood slice clock. Jason's work can also be found on his website, Facebook page, and Etsy, and on Instagram @StonehillDesign.
All images ©Stonehill Design or taken by the author.