After the Final Presentation, you have the opportunity to consider your presentation in light of final feedback and discussion. You will spend additional time reviewing you presentations, refining you portfolio, and polishing you work before it is made public on the internet.
The Self Evaluation is an opportunity for you to reflect on your work during the Studio. Students and Coaches receive the same prompts and categories, and the students will evaluate their own progress and skill levels in Design Skills and Subject Skills applicable to the studio both numerically and textually. Through a narrative, you will also reflect on the quality and rigor of your work, give feedback on the studio, and have the opportunity to receive similar feedback directly from the coach.
For this studio, I worked on a vessel that highlights the lessons I learned, the obstacles I overcame, and the relationships I formed during the 12 trips I went on at camp. I decided to delve into different events that shaped his identity. I would shape my vessel after the 12 trips, 57 days, that I spent in the wilderness of Maine with my summer camp. These experiences would shape the way I dealt with adversity, craft unbreakable friendships, and help put life into perspective.
The physical project is just a backpack, but when you open it up you find a mountain range with six different peaks. Each peak symbolizes one of the six years that I went to summer camp. Each year had two of the twelve trips. Furthermore, each peak has a symbol that relates to one of the divisions at my camp. The mountains are made on Rhino and are modeled after topography maps. The twelfth and final trip end with the hiking of the tallest mountain in Maine, Mt. Katahdin. This is where the idea for the topographic mountain came from.
"Mental Shoebox" is a vessel in the form of a shoebox locked in a complicated way that helps someone empathize with the mental and social roadblocks I have had to overcome to be able to perform athletically in track and field. Made out of wood, this box opens up when the user moves a piece through a maze appropriately to unlock one of four chains that lock the box, each representing a different challenge to accessing the shoe.
The goal of the box is to create empathy with the frustration and difficulty it takes to overcome mental challenges while simultaneously struggling with physical ones. It also helps users understand by creating mindset where they can access the racing shoes and run, having overcome all relevant challenges. While a complicated puzzle to access your shoes is not what every runner wants, the challenge and mental preparation it takes to open a box of some complicated variety, is necessary in preparation to actually run the race. The box is taller than it is wide or long, and has a maze on top the user must complete to unlock the box. Four chain attach the piece that moves through the maze to each side, so that when you have completed each chain, you can life the top off. Hopefully, any non runner could open this box and understand the correlation between mental, social and physical preparation and empathize with the mental difficulty of getting ready to run.
Compartmentalizing Grief: A vessel filled with objects to explore shared family memories of loss. The apothecary cabinet has six different mementos in the drawers that are all intended to help a user reflect on their own experiences of loss and embrace the healing process.
At the age of 19, my cousin, Preston James Hirten died suddenly in the middle of a soccer game. Being the youngest child in my family, I could not process his passing or death as a whole, as I was confused and feeling "left out". That made me feel guilty for a very long time, as I couldn't remember him as well as my other family members.
This vessel shows the story of my current journey to healing and processing of this loss, n hopes to heal myself and help others. Because I am going through the process 10 years after everyone else in my family, I have learned to grieve vicariously through my parents, aunts, and uncles' memories and mementos. When a user opens a drawer, they will see objects, songs, books, and pictures that helped me process loss of a loved one. In one drawer, a user will open and see a mirror. This asks them to reflect on how death shapes their identity. Overall, this vessel shows how the loss of a loved once does not have to negatively affect one, but can rather represent the beauty of life, love, and healing.
The Tiddy Bear is a vessel that draws on my childhood memories of being sexualized and having femininity forced on me. The teddy bear is an agendered symbol of childhood innocence and the addition of human breasts challenges the sexualization and gendering of them.
I went through puberty at a young age and the first time I was catcalled I was around nine years old. At age eleven, I was sexually harassed by a group of men. Eleven-year-olds are not sexual, but, since my body looked a certain way, those men chose to sexualize me. Experiences such as made me uncomfortable but not just because I was being harassed, but also because of why. For me, being assigned as a woman meant I was sexualized and that my femininity was for the enjoyment of men.
As a kid, I had no way of expressing gender other than being a girl. I identify as non-binary, not existing inside the boundaries of male and female. With no connection to my gender identity, I still choose to present femininely because it is what I like, not because that is what is expected of me.
The Tiddy Bear is a way to share my feelings of having womanhood forced on me. The teddy bear is one of few childhood toys which don’t have ties to any genders. The addition of human breasts to the bear both genders and sexualizes it. When confronted with the Tiddy Bear in the context of a children’s toy, people tend to feel uncomfortable. They have an urge to take the bear away from the kid as it is seen as inappropriate. It is the goal of this project to have people reconsider what causes them to have that reaction.
The project explores how we view female bodies as inherently linked to both womanhood and sex. These factors made me uncomfortable with my body as a kid. It took me a long time to explore and be confident about my body and my femininity. I want to shed these connotations so kids like me can grow up unlimited by these factors.