Reina Quinonez

Safe Space

Class of: 2025

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Reclaimed Wood: Used Skate Decks

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: Students will develop a 3D object/artifact, which demonstrates its connection to the community you identify with or defines you, your belief, your personality, etc. How do we develop a sense of community by interacting with others when we feel like it? How can this object be a representation of our sense of belonging to a community group?

A lot of the time, it’s hard to feel comfortable at a park because it’s a white and male-dominated space. I want to create a portable “safe space” that we can have at any park. It will be somewhere for the user to feel like they belong. I’m doing this by making a bench that can turn into a bag, something that can travel anywhere for anyone. I would also like to make it out of skate decks from people across the whole NYC skating community, symbolizing the way we can come together and support each other.