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  • Writer's pictureBreanna Boersma

Studio Dispatch #1

Hello! Let me introduce myself. My name is Breanna Boersma, but I would prefer it if you called me Bre. One thing you should know about me is that I am an avid design nerd. I listen to podcasts, read critical design theory, and study design textbooks all in my free time. I’m passionate about 3 things:

  1. Design

  2. Learning

  3. Collecting stories

Before the pandemic hit, I had formed ideas that I would like to complete during my final year. Now, the world has vastly changed in the wake of a global pandemic that has claimed over 3 million lives. I now find myself reflecting on how life has changed as a result of this period of Great Isolation and how I have changed with it.

Throughout my years at the University of Michigan, I’ve been inspired by different types of gatherings. I love seeing who shows up to things and why. I also enjoy watching the way people present themselves to strangers and how that facade changes as people form more intimate bonds.

As I re-enter life after a year of living away from my peers, I find myself curious about how the dynamics of gathering have changed. What will we bring with us from our time of quarantine and what will we leave behind. That is something that I want to explore over the next year.


Projects & News Out In The Design World

Anthony Zinonos - Method Driven

Anthony is an artist that specializes in collage. He uses collaging as a jumping-off point to create murals, interesting website designs, and social media posts. I particularly love the DIY collage kits he offers on his website.

Throughout the pandemic, I started getting into Index Card Collages and Anthony Zinonos was a big inspiration for that. Here are some of my collages

Christine Wong Yap - Motive Driven

Christine Wong Yap is from San Francisco but has worked in New York since 2010. She holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts. The majority of her work focuses on multicultural and project-based design to explore psychological wellbeing. Some of her most notable works are This & That International Mail Art Swap and Ways and Means.

Lois Weaver - Method Driven

Lois was co-founder of Spiderwoman Theatre, WOW, and Artistic Director of Gay Sweatshop and the AiR Supply Collective in London. Her work is mostly centered in the performative world of Theater and Dance. In 2014 she was awarded the Guggenheim fellowship and has worked on many research projects focused on participatory design and engagement art. One of her most notable projects has been the Long Table dinner party. It puts a spin on regular convention panels by inviting all to have, and give up, a seat at the table.

Sam Topley - Media Driven

Sam Topley is a sound artist from the United Kingdom (UK). Sam's work brings together technology and art. She has even coined the phrase "e-textiles" to describe her work. Her work mostly centers around creating interactive and "noisy" pompoms. What is most interesting about her work is the intersection of noise and play. Her work requires interaction in order to work, thus leading to a lot of delightful interactions.

One of her works titled "Playground" consists of giant crocheted balls that make synthetic noises as they are interacted with. She provided a sensory workshop with these play objects and the smiles are contagious.

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