upcycling + repurposing
I have always been intrigued by the relationship between objects and spaces; how certain objects can shift the narrative of the space, and vice versa. So, I’ve started making things that respond to these narratives.
001. EARRING organizer
My earrings used to be housed in a small box on my dresser, which was effective for storage and traveling, but not for organization. It was difficult to choose a pair to wear because I couldn’t easily see all of the options, and it was difficult to find both items of the pair without taking all of the earrings out of the box and sorting them.
I found a piece of driftwood and, at first, was going to put it in my room as a decorative item. But then I realized that I could hammer nails into it and add functionality; I could turn it into a hanging earring display. Not only did this save valuable counter space, but it also effectively displayed and organized all of my options.
002. STORAGE BOX
For my Critical Making class, we were asked to make a box that included curved edges and engraving. I decided to design a box that could hold some of my class materials such as a hot glue gun, rubber cement clue, and extra glue sticks and feature geometric engraving on the sides.
This box is made with 1/8” plywood and a laser cutter, which has quickly become one of my favorite tools and has ignited about a dozen project ideas to further my exploration of geometry and parametric design.
003. OVERSIZED PEG BOARD SHELVES
Over the past few years, the types and quantity of items on my shelves have changed. Rather than purchasing or constructing a typical bookshelf that (1) prompts me to acquire enough objects to fill its shelves, and (2) enables a certain type of storage, I wanted to create a shelving system that could be dynamic and support various objects like a hanging planter.
As a result, I chose to build an oversized peg board that could be easily rearranged to support different items and better respond to my needs.