The Vancouver Bubble is a participatory public art platform and an experiment in creating citizen spaces produced by the Vancouver Design Nerds. It is an inflatable space produced with low cost materials and a simple, replicable pattern, for people to experience and enjoy.
This experiment includes multiple levels of participation, including a collaborative design and production process. The installations are also intended to create opportunities for building community connections and promote dialogue within a citizen space. The form of an inflatable structure offers a a multitude of bubble metaphors for visitors to consider, from to the unaffordability of the “housing bubble,” to social isolation of “living in our own bubble” and to more playful and light allusions.
The #VanBubble has been activated twice: POP!: A Rainy Day Refuge for Winteraction and during Vancouver Design Week in Robson Square.
During Vancouver Design Week, the #VanBubble was activated with an additional Bubble. During its inflation it hosted such programming as: Bike Rack Design Contest by the City of Vancouver, VIVA Vancouver and Design Jam facilitated by Vancouver Design Nerds. Plus many locals artists, musicians and designers igniting citizen space inside & outside of the bubble. Location: Robson Square, Vancouver, BC Date: May 11th-13th, 2018.
Photography by Jared Korb and Natalie Tillen, 2018.
In this project, I collaborated with Jesi Carson in the ideation, iteration, prototyping and production of the bubble. Visit Vancouver Design Nerds website to learn more about our design process.
Weave With Others: Tapestry
An initiative to facilitate the Emily Carr University community making together by weaving on a social loom situated in different locations of the campus. The project integrated collaborative making, social gathering spaces and textiles. It was installed for 2 weeks. The tapestry was used to create digitally embroidered patches (Pop-up Patches) and moved onto a custom handmade wood frame for display in the South building on campus.
The social loom was installed on an 8 x 4 foot metal frame, with warp threads 4 x 4 ft. Yarns and other materials used for weaving were donated.
Photography by Vivian Lin, 2016.
Nicolene Mackenzie Karen Byskov Logan Mohr Xian Luo Vivian Lin Georgia Mackenzie-Macpherson Josiah Ganzeveld Ryan Knotts Scott Koritz Mai Mongélous Jen Hiebert Helene Day Fraser
Weave With Others: Patches
WWO Patches is a continuation of the social weaving from WWO Tapestry.
Parts from the woven tapestry were selected to be digitalized and made into patches with a digital embroiderer. These patches were a digital translation from woven craft into mass-manufactured commodity that could be purchased and put onto bags, hats, sweaters, as a keep-sake, etc. We hosted a pop-up shop in the South building atrium at Emily Carr University where students could give feedback on the sustainable swag and patches. The concept was to involve the Emily Carr community in the making of the “swag” to personalize our collective identity and create different spaces on campus for social engagement to take place.