Zoë Gomer  |  Designer


So, what's my capstone?

Lets start at the beginning: What inspired me to choose my capstone topic?

Well, it all began last spring when I was at the IDSA Northeastern District Conference in Providence. I loved the project Brim, designed by Sofia Frilund and Michael Phillips that was as part of the merit awards portion of the conference. These two designers found a local hat shop that created thin scraps of valuable material that was too small for making hats. What could be done with these felt scraps? Well they did some experimenting and ended up creating a gorgeous line of bags. Check it out here

I loved this idea of finding scraps of material that meant little or nothing to the current manufacturer or business but could still hold value for someone else. I want to take this idea to a broader platform- I want to make a product, or line of products, that are created through mass manufacturing processes and made out of what is now considered waste. I will be saving good material from the landfill and making a well designed product to either grow an existing business or create a new one. This project will combine industrial design, environmental/sustainable design, and manufacturing processes.

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So, here is the basic equation of what I’d like to do:

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If you have any suggestions, criticisms, ideas, or you’d just like to talk, please feel free to email me at zoegomer@gmail.com!

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