To understand my thesis, it’s important tounderstand who I am.
• Historical Preservation Who I am.... • Disaster Response • Reducing consumption • Data visualization • Street Photography • Multiple concussions (from • Graduated from division I college soccer & la- law school as 1 of crosse) . I was 1 of only 3 play- only 44 deaf lawyers ers on the deaf national soccer in U.S. team who played Division 1. • Backpack & kite- x board ready to head at moments notice to any • United Nations Pass (I helped underdeveloped coun-create a U.N. Treaty that protects try (beat up from trips the human rights of people with to Africa, Southeast disabilities) Asia, and the Gulf) Toolbelt (I fell in love with salvaged materials in • Slowly emerging green thumb (I 2009 & through a class at somewhat recently moved to a 250 MICA) acre farm) Flip Flops (worn 10 months out of the year)
In Fabrication Technology class, I realizedthat learning those skills and being deafwas not so easy...
Class...Photo credit: Briony Hynson
When I looked online for more help, I couldnot find any comprehensive resource thatfocused solely on giving people the inspira-tion and skills to re-use materials.
During this same time, I witnessed blocksof homes demolished and 750 families dis-placed...right in my backyard.
East BaltimorePhoto credit: Leah Harper
How could I let this beautiful tile I found at ademo site continue to be lost forever? Howcould I help these displaced families preservetheir history?
These experiences led to 3 thesis questions...
1. How can we succesfully educate the deafcommunity on fabrication skills, the reduction ofwaste streams, and material re-use?
2. Will implementing a deaf-accessible ap-proach make re-use and fabrication technologyskills more accessible to the broader, and notnecessarily disabled, audience?
3. What is the best process for identifying acommunity’s existing waste streams, and usingmaterials from these waste streams to give backto the community?
This may seem a lot, but together it makessense.
1. Learn Fabrication technology & re-use skills as a deaf individual What waste streams exist What community needs exist2.Design Fabricated solutions for community needs using materials from existing waste streams3. Apply These skills to create a website, fo- cused on communicating to a deaf au- dience, to disseminate knowledge and inspire re-use
I know it is not gonna be easy...
Challenges: Attracting people to what is created Making the website comprehensive yet engag- ing and easy to understand Gaining access to waste streams (possibly creat- ing partnerships between industries and commu- nity organizations) Learning the necessary fabrication skills in a lim- ited time frame
But thankfully I will have some help...
Resources: Organizations: People: » Housewerks » Scott Boylston (Emergent » Second Chance Structures) » Loading Dock » Inna Alisina (Materials and » Katrina Furniture Project object design instructor) (Stephen Goldsmith) » Ryan Hoover (Fab Tech » Governors office of the Instructor) Deaf and Hard of Hearing » John Francis (UNEP Am- » Deaf Shalom bassador/Professor of Envi- » HASA ronmental Science) » Atfaluna Society for Deaf » Briony Hynson Children » Bryce Colhoun (Carpenter)