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I designed this body of work in collaboration with The Association for Craft Producers fair trade artisans and small in-house design team in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The goal was to bring a modern design atheistic to traditional handicrafts in order to develop contemporary products for the global market place.
Working here change my life. The artisans and would bring prototypes to fruition flawlessly and within minutes. It was truly humbling being surrounded by such talent. It was beyond gratifying working for a company that truly upholds fair trade standards and experiencing it firsthand.
If you scroll through on the right I included photographs of my final collections, an interactive flippable personal sketchbook, photographs of design process and scenery of the Kathmandu Vally that still inspires my work today.
Poverty Studies Capstone Project 2016
The problem of poverty is complex, there is no one explanation for resolving poverty nor is there one answer as to a final feasible end. It is difficult to contemplate how to create a more equitable world when battling poverty as a whole. However when these battles become overwhelming hope should not be lost, rather fought for harder as actions, no matter how small, should never discounted. Turning weakness to strength and creating resilience from fragility offers a starting point to start to think about tackling the problem of poverty.
I printed a 12 edition series of 6 original water color drawings covered into CMYK separations to create these silkscreened images in a 4 layer process. For this process, I first designed and created the images through painting and drawing, scanned and edited them in photoshop then manually printed four layers on top of each other using cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black) to create an image with a full color spectrum.
Silkscreening is used widely in the commercial industry and is how tee shirts and most magazines and newspapers are printed. Just like any mode of mass production, can be outscored for cheap unfair paying labor. However, there are companies that exist such that promote fair trade uses silkscreen to pay their employees with a living wage. One such company is the Association for Craft Producers based in Kathmandu, Nepal where I will be designing silkscreens.
Whether its overcoming unstable roots to reach aspirations, the dichotomy of the labor force, coming together globally to solve the problem or bearing the heavy burden of hope each image represents a transition which from fragility rises resilience.
Selection of Adobe Illustrator graphic designs and product examples generated by photoshop