Inspired to work with my hands and create one-of-a-kind pieces, I started making things. First with fabric, then with wood. With equal parts excitement and fear, I learned how to use what I consider to be very intimidating tools to bring my ideas to life.

I like to describe my work as a balance of hard and soft, both in material and in design. With my love for vintage detailing and the notion of joining different materials and aesthetics, Dovetails and Darts is an art project that keeps evolving. All pieces are made using domestic hardwoods and sustainable materials. Each piece is handmade, one-at-a-time, with high aspirations and lots of ‘character’ in North Park, San Diego, Ca.


Kelly Loreto

Artist | Woodworker

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plural noun: dovetails

A joint formed by interlocking one or more such tenons and mortises, commonly used by craftsman in mid-century design for added strength and aesthetic.



plural noun: darts

A tapered tuck sewn to adjust the fit of a garment. Also, a fun and highly competitive game.                              


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