Created for the exhibition "Fine Design for the End of the World" showing student work from Cranbrook Academy of Art during Collective Design Fair in Manhattan, NY.
This piece subverts the traditional notion of Fine Design by transforming a waste material (rubber inner tubes) into a precious object through a meticulous craft process and countless hours of human labor. In a world where the human population is growing at an alarming rate while machines are steadily replacing human labor, what is the value of the human hand? What is the value of ‘waste’ material?
Hard maple, recycled bicycle inner tubes
30"W x 45"D x 39"H
"The act of building was originally an act of gathering together what already existed into a more and more intricate order. As we stripped the trees of their bark and wove increasingly elaborate structures, we began to develop patterns or rhythms that were turned into decorative motifs. Decoration and structure were to Semper not two separate elements, but were intricately and inexorably bound together." - Aaron Betsky on Gottfried Semper's The Four Elements of Architecture
shelter chair 1
"There is an illness that lies in people who see the body as a gateway to abuse. Outward appearances, race, and gender are constantly monitored and acted upon against individual will. This infliction is like an oppressive virus, forcing the mind and body to incessantly fight it from the inside out, combating more than an external oppression but an oppression that has been created from within. We suffocate in our own skin as we fight to live in conflict with ourselves and our oppressors."
I used the scrap pieces of felt from a previous project and joined them together using hand quilting techniques.
It can be hung on the wall as decoration or hung from the ceiling as a visual / acoustic divider.
A planter made with a sweater that had accidentally shrunk in the wash.
A planter made using a sweater that had accidentally felted in the wash.
Dimensions: 8" x 11" x 5"
Eulogy for WV
An installation consisting of two conical cushions and a rug.
A gathering space.
A recollection of driving through the bare hilltops and stripped valleys of West Virginia with an aching heart.
An adaptive reuse project proposal for a software development company in the site of an old tobacco manufacturing warehouse in Richmond, Virginia's historic Tobacco Row.
Inspired by research on new office environments and trends with considerations in flexibility, modularity, and ergonomics.
The selective use of color indicate certain areas as points of interest in a largely open plan office. Monotone circulation paths and hanging screens act as frames for these ares or "scenes".
Walnut, baltic birch plywood, cotton webbing
Dimensions: 25" x 32" x 36"
A clutch purse made with supplies found in any crafts store.
Dimensions: 14"(including strap) x 5"diameter
A handmade ceramic planter + pulley system assembled with materials available at any hardware store.
A bicycle repair and fabrication shop + office space for the Virginia Department of Alternative Transportation.
Concept: to simulate the sense of a commute through the space by concentrating visual interest in open areas and to simplify circulation paths down to a brief experience.
The focus of the project - the sales floor - recalls a stroll through the park. The bikes are arranged on a row of metal frames that run the length of the sales floor. The arrangement of bikes creates a sculptural spiral that gently pushes the viewer through the space.
An amphitheater for a small lot in Richmond, Virginia's historic Shockoe Valley - the site is tucked among several local businesses and residential lofts and can be used for public gatherings, outdoor performances, and movie screenings.
The concept of merge + transition was derived from the history of the area, which has long been a meeting point for pioneers, traders, and immigrants. Today, the area still serves as a meeting point for its diverse group of students and young-professionals. Budget and feasibility were major concerns for this project.
Dog Park Shelter
A rain + sun shelter for North Side Dog Park in Richmond, Virginia. The client requested for a design that would be easy to build with readily available materials.
Bike Rack / Bus Stop Shelter
A bicycle rack and bus stop shelter outside of Storefront for Community Design, a volunteer-based design studio in Richmond, Virginia. The client needed a permanent bicycle rack with adjustable seating to accommodate different outdoor events. The shelter structure is collapsible and the rolling benches can be easily moved.
Hey, Stool, be a chair!
Find stool. Disassemble the parts. Add some new parts. Boom, it's a chair.
An exercise in material conservation. This chair was constructed using one 2 x 4 x 8' length of framing lumber and screws.