|"Splash" bowl by Nick Hanlon made|
with clear plastic flatware
It seems since puberty, I have had an interest in arranging home accessories to create a "look." My father was an architect with top firms in Dallas and Seattle, so having an eye for detail runs in the family. While I have been focused on the Native American fine art world of late, my love for good, thoughtful and functional design has never gone away.
|Ideal purveyors Lisa VanDoren and |
Kathleen Iwerson help
WWU Industrial Design Students
price their "ReMade" pieces
While many students take design classes at Western, only 12 are allowed to move on to the junior and senior levels with the chance to earn a Bachelors of Science degree.
Students in the program learn how to make a variety of products throughout the year. Once a year, the junior class completes an assignment that requires them to seek out discarded materials in the community and upcycle them into functional design products. They must ensure that the items can be mass produced and brought to Market.
For the last five years, students have worked with Bellingham's Ideal--Carefully Curated Goods, a local design and home goods shop, to bring them to the community through "ReMade." The 2013 edition of ReMade opened February 1st during the Downtown Bellingham ArtWalk and featured 13 products ranging from yo-yos to flower vases, dish scrubbers, glass storage containers, and decorative bowls made from clear plastic flatware. The store quickly filled with people as they scooped up the pieces that range in price from $6 to $125. Items are available for purchase through March 31 or until they're gone. Since there are only 20 of each item, supplies are sure to go fast!
|"Scrub e" by Rosalee Daughtry |
made from Sunforager boat canvas
and reclaimed teak wood
Watch a multimedia video featuring my KGMI radio "ReMade" segment and photos that capture the coolness of the project HERE.