Taylor Hooper-White

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Class of: 2023

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Wood, cellophane, cardboard, paint

Faculty: Aviva Shulem

Prompt: We were given the task to explore the idea of social and ecological spaces by creating a light fixture where the installation could help social interactions and one’s mood. The idea behind the project was even though we are living in large and crowded cities, it seems we are losing the sense of face-to-face human interaction and relying mostly on social media outlets. Each of us in a small group were to independently design and create a light fixture which would then combine with the light's of our group members to create one cohesive light - allowing human interaction with one another, and its surrounding space.

For this project we were placed in a small group of three and given the task to explore the idea of social and ecological spaces by creating a light fixture where its installation could help social interactions and one’s mood. Individually we were to make a modular light fixture, with the twist that each individual light could then interconnect together with our group member’s lights to make one cohesive light fixture. So – three smaller lights combined to make one larger light. I researched biomimicry and constructed habitats that occur in nature, and how these structures and materials are used by animals and insects. We decided to design a light fixture for college dorm rooms, a design for a light that helps college students feel more at peace. We wanted our light fixture to radiate a sense of calm and to help the dorm room feel like a place where you want to gather a small group of friends to interact socially.

I chose colors for my light that would help calm ones mood and worked that into my design. Each individual light was modular in design, able to be taken apart with wooden dowels, making each unit able to be used separately or cohesively as one unit.