Green Leap Tenderwerks

Tenderwerks

Pati Beachley is a Pittsburgh-based, non-binary sculptor. Her work mixes masculine and feminine attributes forcing a dialogue into gendered text and imagery—she adds a queer narrative by casting carpet and fibrous materials. As owner and designer of Tenderwerks, her Pittsburgh-based studio and foundry, Pati creates pieces celebrating the pleasure of everyday, useful objects that transcend the ordinary. With Green Leap, Pati applies her unique aesthetic to functional, sustainable hardware.

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New Products Developed with Monmade

Tenderwerks Fabware: Door & Cabinet Hardware Collection features repurposed carpet textures cast from recycled aluminum components. These artful creations help answer the expressed need of Pittsburgh interior designers and architects to source locally-made hardware for their projects. While addressing practical requirements, artist Pati Beachley applies her aesthetic using reclaimed materials to knobs and handles for cabinetry and pulls for entry doors.

“I am developing best practices for sustainability in my studio production by assessing the durability and longevity of products by developing a lifecycle strategy and by evaluating material choice, sourcing, and processes.”

Pati Beachley

Featured Product Specifications

Designed to mix and match, the Fabware collection is available in 7 distinct yet complimentary shapes for cabinetry and pantry hardware. The largest pulls are intended for doors and as an entryway set.

sustainablyMonmade Insights 

Through our assessment her studio and production manufacturing practices, Tenderwerks achieves four of Monmade’s six dimensions of sustainability: environment, climate, human health, and social equity.

  • Non-binary-owned creative business.
  • Producer utilizes her studio facility in Pittsburgh and at Seton Hill University, where she is a professor. The Seton Hill Arts complex is a state-of-the-art facility designed and built with environmental responsibility as a top priority.
  • Producer works in all metal casting products, using everything from the ancient process of lost wax and modern bonded sand products. The cast aluminum product used in her hardware production is neutral for human health in its final form.
  • Metal and cast aluminum have a lifespan that will outlive most humans. Any previous products can be remelted or could go to resale for another building or recycled. Aluminum may also be repaired and rewelded as needed.
  • Producer recycles most material waste and considers how to use them economically (e.g., molds made with plaster and sand can be recycled into new molds)
  • Fabware Hardware Collection is Declare labeled.

Learn more about Monmade’s holistic approach to sustainability.