Green Leap Jessica Alpern Brown

Jessica Alpern Brown

Jessica Alpern Brown’s primary work as a paper cutter now informs her multidisciplinary art and design practice and exploration of interior design products. Our current product selections include Jessica’s versatile and dynamic Contour Discs which premiered with our Monmade x CDCP Collection. With Green Leap, Monmade launched Jessica’s Light Line Pendants, a dynamic and colorful collection of modern lighting.

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New Products Developed with Monmade

Jessica’s inherently sustainable mindset informs her newest Light Lines Pendants. The colorful creations maximize material use and minimize waste by using cut-offs from her other products. The lights also utilize plastic cups reclaimed from catering companies for their center structure. The collection offers a variety of shapes, sizes, and color options, from table lamps and small designs to bold chandelier-inspired pendants.

Large Bell Pendant in Full-Spectrum Color (top left) and  Fan Pendant in Frosted Teal (top right & bottom).

“When envisioning my light fixtures, I aimed to perfect a “Matryoshka Doll” design model that uses a series of shapes of decreasing size placed one inside another. This method allows me to obtain several products from each sheet of material while eliminating waste. The design also allows for a no-adhesive assembly by incorporating a clip-style locking feature.”

Jessica Alpern Brown


Featured Product Specifications

Separate from the hardware and wiring components, the pendant shades in Jessica’s Light Lines collection now offer a Declare label. The shades are available in three dynamic profiles, including Bell and Fan in large and small sizes. In addition to size, each pendant design is available in a range of single colors and partial-to-full color spectrum options. Hardware and cords may be customized to match or contrast acrylic shade colors.

Small Light Lines Pendants in Frosted Clear (left) and Transparent Black (right).

Discover More

In addition to unique pendent lighting, Jessica’s Contour Discs offer flexible and dynamic interior design accents. This fresh take on a classic wall art solution explore moiré patterns and effects. When layered in varied and dynamic arrangements, the overlapping textures of the discs, coupled interplay of light, create a sense of movement and depth.


sustainablyMonmade Insights 

Through our assessment of her studio and processes, Jessica Alpern Brown achieves five of Monmade’s six dimensions of sustainability: environment, climate, human health, social equity, and eco-labeling.

  • Woman- and veteran-owned business.
  • Sourcing new and reclaimed materials regionally and domestically from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Utah.
  • Laser-cut designs in acrylic require no framing or adhesives for assembly. Light Lines products utilize plastic cups reclaimed from catering companies.
  • Pendant shades components from the Light Lines collection are Declare labeled.
  • Lighting products are either UL-Certified or use UL-listed components. Producer uses domestic third-party manufacturing for the UL Certification and assembly of her lights, including manufacturing support partners in Derry, PA and Denver, CO.
  • Producer offsets her studio’s energy usage with a wind power generator and rainwater collection.
  • Producer’s primary production facility is a shared maker space, Protohaven, which is in proximity to producer’s studio, located within an LMI area, and currently working on increasing environmental initiatives.
  • Producer collects and reuses her smallest cut-out pieces in a jewelry series called Remnants. Larger cut-offs from her Contour Discs are used in Light Lines products. When she cannot repurpose materials, she donates them to the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Learn more about Monmade’s holistic approach to sustainability.