Caterina Maina, Photography '20
My main hope for the work is to encourage the viewer to re-evaluate the relationship one has with the environment, the ideology we have formed around nature, and the impact many humans have had on the earth. This project has stemmed from my own anxieties about what we are facing with the climate crisis and how we have detached ourselves from the underlying principle of the issue: the earth itself will survive this damage but we, and many other species, may not. Placed within this space of reality and the surreal, the use of light and figures in this work is important as a representation of the generation I am in, but also used in looking at the tension of the body in relation to our physical and social environment.
Weigh Your Decisions
Runming Dai, Communication Design '21
“Weigh Your Decisions” is a dynamic community-based design intervention system that aims to use creative and innovative approaches to nudge the public to make more sustainable and environmentally responsible grocery shopping decisions. Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment. And food production is responsible for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. People’s grocery shopping decisions play a critical role in a sustainable future.
Olivia Charles, Illustration '20
My senior thesis was about some of the most well known invasive animals and their negative impact on the environment. For each piece, I used collaged images of animals and environments that are being directly affected and harmed by invasive species, to create a larger version of the invasive animal itself.
Melina Illinger, Illustration '21
I've been interested in raising awareness about our changing climate and human impact on the environment before I even attended MassArt, but truly found the means to here. Sophomore year we were asked to create a poster about sustainability, and my piece then focused on positive changes we can make within our communities. For my thesis, I am designing mermaids based on unique areas that have been under the greatest turmoil in order to raise awareness in a different manner.
Smart Energy City
Jen Treadway, Illustration '21
Rethinking the space in our cities to provide more clean and smart energy with serene and functional rooftop gardens.
Haleigh Roy, Illustration '20
As an illustrator with experience in design, my work relies heavily on bold lines and color. Major themes included in my work are concerns for climate change, elements of streetwear, as well as Pop Culture– with major influence from artists such as Barry McGee, Murakami, and Hebru Brantley.
Courtney DiPietro, Industrial Design '21
This project explores coconut fibers and it's sustainability impact. Through material exploration the project shows paper-making techniques to create a workable material by introducing okra as a natural bonding agent. The final product I produced through this exploration was an herb/plant holder for the average user who desires to improve their meals with fresh herbs.
A Walk To The Pond
Sophie Olssen, Film/Video '22
Like most of my work, A Walk To The Pond focuses on the natural environment that we live in. Having been created during what we now see as the beginning of quarantine, I wanted to focus on a calming ritual that I could safely do that brought me and the viewer into nature.
Sophia Rosselli, Fibers/Art Education '21
My work often takes the form of a translated memory. The materials in this piece are donated yarns that are 20+ years old natural and synthetic fibers, and my father's old rusty wire, gifted to me years ago, after he had retired from his job as a Union Ironworker. In this particular work, the weavings and composition are derived from a memory and photographic reference of my brother and I sitting in this very tree. I have committed myself to a sustainable art practice which includes upcycling materials and incorporating the spaces around me as sites for installation. The rust naturally oxidizes from the reaction of iron and oxygen in conjunction with water and air moisture. The rust has spread throughout the fibers overtime and it continues to spread as the piece will be up throughout the rest of the year.
Meredith DiSessa, FIbers '21
Handwoven coat made from 100% wool and flax linen. Dyed with foraged bark from fallen birch trees and iron. Pop of texture on the sleeves and pockets is wool yarn scraps and an old cotton shirt.
Jordan Rosales, Fashion Design '20
My collection, Found, explores the reality of needing multiple garments for different occasions. I created garments that could be worn in multiple ways to fit each occasion, eliminating the need to buy more. Each garment is made from natural or found materials and dyed with dried plants. Sustainable and budget friendly
Angelina Richardson, Fashion Design '20
Eco-conscious fashion designer who creates with her heart and all her emotions. Emotions are hard to feel so I like to create them, so I can visualize them. I take the sustainability approach to show sustainable fashion can still be fun and impactful, but with color.
Photography by Mike Richardson @mikerichardson7
Arielle Wilson, Ceramics '21
The bee hotels (supporting solitary pollinators grant proposal) goal is to create a refugee for solitary pollinators (ex. mason bees) as well as catch the attention of people and raise awareness to the importance of our natie bees. Each hotel has a info plaque with a QR code so people can be directed to a website via phone and learn more about this important topic, as well as the steps to create their own bee hotel.
Zoe Cronin, Art Education '21
My work gives 3D form to phenomena that aren't usually visible or hard to imagine in the natural world. Predominantly through weaving, I investigate the intersection of environment, sustainability, fibers, craft, and place. I am fascinated by textile history and deeply inspired by common humanity in the places I have traveled to throughout the world.
Ed Anthony, Architecture '20
This project is a mid-sized housing development for users that are interested in bringing food production inside their homes, each building housed ~12 people, divided into units of varying sizes each with individual greenhouse space. The Site also featured a communal greenhouse with parking, market, bike path, and a patchwork of fields, in the greater effort to reduce paving and use of vehicles across the site.