Evening Armor was inspired by the needs of Raven, a fictional galactic botanist and warrior in a comic book I wrote with a professional illustrator. The garment needed to be elegant and reflect the characters love of the natural world while also incorporating tactical elements.
Through a series of sketches , and paper and fabric pullovers I experimented with form, function, and material possibilities for the boots. The goal was for an aesthetically pleasing but durable shoe.
During my thesis I have been collaboratively writing the story of Aurora City on Mars in the year 2169 as an alternate form of user research and product creation. As part of that process I have chosen to take objects from the stories that my participants write and make them into actual objects for people to interact with. I chose to make a respirator for the low atmosphere on Mars and the extreme environment on the outskirts of the city.
"I’m remembering a time when I was a kid racing in the flat lands. Stones seemed to levitate as we flashed by. I’ll never forget the sand created by the mix of engine and dust bouncing back and forth from the flatness below and the shallow barrier above. And I remember your hands gripping the loft handles, your gloves caked in dust, your masks regulator working furiously to clear debris as if there was anything in the flat lands to watch out for. The thrill was never ahead but always how fast we could escape form what we left behind."
For more information on my thesis please see the Thesis page or visit myth.design for a more in depth look.
The Flora Collection is a part of my fiction inspired design projects for my brand MYTH and focuses on creating a line of bags for a fictional Astrobotanist who travels the galaxy replanting worlds that have been destroyed. Through collaborating with Evan Limberger, a professional illustrator, we created the character of Raven. Her position requires her to have a tactical, beautiful, and useful bag. Each bag in the collection would come with a comic book featuring Raven and her backpack to offer the end-user a unique and exciting product narrative.
After initial prototyping a limited run of four colorways was produced by a manufacturer in Cranston, RI. Through multiple rounds of prototyping we adjusted the pattern and design of the bag to meet price point, aesthetic, and functional goals.
The final prototypes are production ready with a pricepoint of $220, and can be produced in the USA. Each bag is made with ballistic nylon, tubular webbing, stainless steel strap adjusters, ykk zippers. The bags are durable, minimal, and functional for the space explorer in all of us!
What would you send someone to change their mind? Prop Box is a discursive object aimed at giving a North Korean citizen a sense of the outside world, so as to plant the seeds of rebellion. The project was conceived during a sponsored studio at RISD where our class was challenged to reengage the public on issues of nuclear security. The project addresses issues of total disarmament, imperial intervention, consumer enjoyment, and globalization.
Prop box was featured at The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at 20 at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2016, and in Vernacular Spectacular at the Gelman Gallery from November - February 2017.
Bark was inspired by the dark exterior and light interior of tree leaves. Inspired by the glow of leaves and sunlight I set out to create a light that expressed this relationship. I used dyed oak and cherry veneer to mimic the relationship between the top and bottom of leaves. The veneers were combined using bent wood lamination, and then cut into organic shapes. These forms reflect the uniqueness of each leaf.
Creating Bark involved experimenting with form. To do this I drew on the process of bent wood lamination. This allowed for quick creation of multiples, and gave me plenty of material to experiment with through machine and hand shaping techniques. To laminate the sections I cut strips of veneer to size, glued them up, and pressed them in a custom jig. Each lamination was hand scraped, cut on the band-saw, and finished by hand to create unique organic forms.
Bark opens to allow the owner to experiment and augment the luminescence of the cherry and oak veneer. The process of creating Bark allowed me to experiment with open ended methods for form creation, and to reflect on the relationship between light and material.