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Q: How can we incorporate common materials into the communication process?

A: Flora & Fauna
an experiment in material design
I have always had a special place in my heart for material and object design. I like to work with my hands whenever possible, and thought it might be interesting to use plantlife as a tool through which to explore a theme.

I began with the theme of flora and fauna, and how they interact with each other in the cycle of life. Animals eat plants to sustain life, and in turn nourish the soil when they die.

The goal of the piece is to imagine ways of using materials in unexpected ways in order to convey a particular theme or message. I also used processes that I had never used before such as glass etching, laser cutting and engraving, and even growing plants (for the purposes of design, at least).

Life can sometimes appear so vast in this way that each life may seem like a small blip in the big picture. While this is technically true, I do believe that each living thing leaves its mark in the world. This is where the three geometric shapes come in. All of the terrariums contain the same basic elements, but each one is unique in its own way.

The dinosaurs themselves are a humourous nod to the fact that many of the items we use every day are made in some part from dinosaur remains (mined oil). Even the figurines, made of plastic, are probably derived from petroleum.


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Designer, drummer, maker, shower singer

Chloe is currently working as a product designer in Toronto. In her spare time she enjoys designing data visualizations, interactive Arduino experiences, and writing on her blog.

You can find Chloe at [email protected], drumming in her Brazilian batu drumming band, at a number of local music concerts, or cycling around the city.

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