Liss and I finished up the Utilize project, here is a link to my coroflot portfolio if you want to check out the final products.
Utilize: A line of products developed to control the spread of an invasive plant.
This project was created with Kudzu in mind but, it could really be done with anything “useless” material. We worked with the equation abundant material + available community = utilize. After school we went to Nashville to co-host an indigo and kudzu processing workshop with the ASK Apparel girls Sarah and Ally. It was so exciting to carry on with the project. One day I truly hope I will get to full realize Utilize or a like minded project full-time. I would just love to work with any one or group to use a “pest” material as capital to revitalize a community.
Update: In the two years after graduation, several senior projects have followed our model, citing us as an inspiration! Students rose to the occasion, working within and for communities, creating products from “useless” and abundant materials.