2017 - 2020
To begin my path down the product design track at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, we didn’t jump straight into the fabrication shop using laser printers or power tools. Instead, we focused on creating things by hand; instilling a close relationship with craft, time, and materiality.
The continual articulation of repetitive sanding strokes made me “feel” the form out. To shape self hardening clay in perfectly smooth ellipoids, I had to take hours slowly removing material to reach the desired shape. I would slowly “inch up” on the final shape and became sensitive to the slightest divets, bumps, and scratches that kept the form from being perfectly smooth. Furthermore, by focusing on slow processes, materials, and tools, we created a foundation of appreciation for each tool we would learn in the future.