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I created this project to directly impact food insecurity. 13.8 million U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2020 and this number has stayed the same since 2019. I wanted to create a hydroponic system that would integrate with Los Angeles metro train and bus stations so public transit patrons could have access to nutritional and fresh food on their way home. It would improve social welfare while making a direct impact on the severe issues facing lower-income communities.
This collection consists of an ottoman, wall rug, coaster, bandana, and a purse. Each piece would come with a zine written by me that covers the story of a group of animals and insects that band together to stop the building of a dam. By creating objects that reference real-world animals and including a story of said animals fighting against human contraptions I hope the consumer reconsiders the actions they take and how they affect our biome.
I designed Capillarium to create a beautiful planter that also helps those more black thumb inclined. the name is inspired by the physical process that the plant uses to take the water from the base of the planter, capillary action. Plants use capillary action to bring water up the roots and stems to the rest of the plant. The molecules of the water (the liquid) are attracted to the molecules of the inside of the stem (the solid). This attraction is used to help force the water up from the ground and disperse it throughout the plant.
this side table/stool that I like to refer to as a tool was a response to the excess wood I saw my peers accumulate. Most wood under 5 inches is seen as waste, and after looking at the statistics the majority of lumber in the US ends up in landfills. This piece is not only a beauty to look at but hopefully a statement of diversity and reminds the viewer that integration of waste is so important.
About the Artist
I am a product designer with an emphasis on sustainable design. I create solutions to social and welfare issues that better our local communities. Due to my passion for technology and biology, I like to combine the two to challenge the status quo. My work is greatly influenced by my love for the Californian outdoors and my upbringing within it.
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