By Kitty Golding
Kitty & Company will be conducting a series of short interviews with Chelsea Residents for 52 weeks, bringing to light differing personalities and design styles in our community. Perhaps you will meet someone new through these weekly interviews or perhaps it will be YOU! Stay tuned and follow us each week – we now introduce you to Mr. Shawn Thompson.
What is your current profession? Antique and Salvage Artist .... 2 years professionally, 25 years on the side.
Your family members Stephanie my wife, Sophia and Audrey my daughters.
People think of me as: hoarder but really I am an uncontrolled, mass potential dreamer.
When did you move to Chelsea and where did you live prior to coming to Chelsea? We moved to Chelsea in 2009... the only time we could afford a home here. Before Chelsea, I was in the military, so we sort-of lived everywhere lol!!
What do you love about where you currently live? Our city is amazing. the community is very supportive of arts and embraces architectural historic preservation.
If you could have a second home anywhere, where would it be? A junk yard!
What three words describe your style? Rust- Chaos – Awesome.
What are you most inspired by in your design/decor? God for sure... Function and circular purpose drive my mind crazy... everything degrades and returns to a natural form over time, but we can shift and alter how things appear for a second in history’s scroll. That natural decomposition is so exciting to me.
When entering your home, how do you want it to feel? The perfect temperature.
What is one element or trend in design you do not like? Abstract sculpture... Serra really ruined the art world!
Have you ever built a new home or remodeled an existing one? No... maybe someday :) Our current home is a constant work in progress though.
Have you ever sought professional help with the interior design of your home - if so, what did you find most helpful? Not yet. Steph has an amazing knack for decor AND she loves to make changes. Her style is always growing and shifting... praise the Lord I have a warehouse with tons of inventory.
What is the biggest design issue you struggle with? Organization.
As you think about the home in which you grew up, what elements did you like and do you think you have incorporated some of them in your own home? We moved around a lot when I was a kid. Both my parents were military. I appreciate the vastness of the worlds cultures and customs... that definitely has a place in my heart.
Have you stayed true to a style through the years, or have you fluctuated in your tastes? Definitely shifts as I grow. It used to be that I strictly loved the classic vehicle side of art... now EVERYTHING vintage and antique kind-of falls into the same mind-pile... Oddly enough, vintage car parts always find their way back into my life :)
If you were moving and could only select one item from your home to keep, what would it be and why? Hmm.. these are good questions. Is my family an item lol? Hmm, possession? Probably my guitar. When I play and sing, it's my alone time with God... feels like nothing else exists in the world and I can let everything go.
Which room in your home gets the most use? The dining space. It's like a work table for packing and shipping, computer work, photography back-drop space for listing on Etsy and eBay, and finally, food.
Name an item you purchased for your home that you regret buying? My couch. Couches are built so cheap nowadays. I find vintage couches that last generations, but we've owned 4 couches in the last 10 years... Why do we keep going back to ArtVan? Because they look nice... we are suckers.
No room is complete without: A designed place to put your butt.
If you are a pet owner, how has that influenced your choices in design, if it has? We have two cats and a dog... I've never thought about them in design other than designing spaces for accommodating them specifically. I thought of making animal armor once, does that count?
Has any local venue particularly caught your eye - if so why? The Weinberg Dairy... porcelain sided... it's such a beautiful building. I want it.
If you were given $1,000 to buy a new piece of art, what would it be? *probably a piece of furniture... I love functional/interactive art.
A few of your favorite things!
Movie – Princess Mononoke.
Favorite Historical Place You have visited – Okinawa, Japan.
Music– Lately it's been Christian Rap.... Hilgy just came out with "Contentment"
TV Show- Anything cartoon. Netflix Dragon Prince was pretty good.
Meal - Burritos...it's an all-in-one deal.
Travel Destination (on your bucket list)– Figi or New Zealand... not sure why.
Season- One 😊
Color-Blue for sure... Orange/rust is a close second.
Collections– Old stuff.
Museum -No answer here...I think they're all neat. Maybe the DIA?
Hobbies- Family Fishing... Being creative.
Favorite Design Style-Art Nouveau.
Tree – Willow!!!
Item on a bookshelf - Old books... nothing like a bookshelf FILLED with old books.
Kitty’s note: Shawn and I met a long a time ago…I don’t remember when, but my kids were smaller and he had no kids…now he has two kids that were my kids age when we met! Multi-talented in design and art with a whole lot of vision and hard work, Shawn owns and operates his business, MOTH and RUST INDUSTRIAL. Check them out on Facebook- as mentioned, he has a warehouse full of awesomeness which may be hiding what you’ve been looking for!! Mr. Thompson projects positivity – a glass totally full with a bubbling personality.