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Currently the Associate Director for Design for America (DFA) and a lecturer at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, I am a San Francisco native and passionate about the intersection of design education and local/social impact. My studio, students' projects, and DFA have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have been fortunate enough to have spoken and given workshops at TEDx, the NE IDSA Conference, Better Word by Design Conferences, Fulbright Seminar, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design where I received RISD’s Community Service Award and the Rachel Carson Award upon graduation. I am currently working on a masters in learning and organizational change at Northwestern University. At the start, I founded and taught the advanced studio, Design for Social Entrepreneurship at RISD, Design Futures at Pratt and worked with nonprofits such as Design that Matters and GreenBlue.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rocking Chair

This rocking chair, a twist and combination of modern classics, is welded tubular steel with tufted upholstery.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Couple Earrings

This independent project captures the silhouette of two lovebirds, allowing the wearer to feel connected to their loved one at all times. The earrings can also be switched so the profiles are facing away from each other to indicate anger or frustration with their fellow mate.

This concept lends itself to many other personalized iterations such as a mother wearing silhouettes of her children, or a grandmother of her grandchildren etc.

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Woven Dish

This two week project explores tin plated steel in an unconventional application. Cutting the sheet metal into quarter inch strips and hand weaving cross grain allows the material to move and morph into various ways and reflect the light creating a dynamic pattern. The finished product can be used as a center piece for a table or to hold small items.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Community Service Award

This year, at my graduation from RISD, I had the honor of winning the Steve Mendelson Community Service Award! And it was quite hilarious because they read the wrong bio! As they were describing the winner, they discussed someone who was really involved in the Jewish Community and went on EHP and everything and then they go and call my name! I was terrified at the thought that maybe the read the bio of one of the other nominees and then called my name, that there had been some kind of mistake. 

As it turned out, they read the winning bio from the previous year. So there was a bit of relief. 

My sister kindly edited the speech so the description actually fit me, but edited a lot out. Thanks sis!