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SUSTAINABLE CULTURE

CELEBRATING STUDENT WORK THAT ADVOCATES SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE

FALL 2017


CONTRIBUTORS Laurie Bishop Collaborative Design Too old to talk about it. Loves camping, basset hounds and the perfect font.

Katelyn Boverhof Interior design Passionate about design, the outdoors, and my dog.

Sydney Cottrell Interior design Loves her dog Wesley.

Joe Dunaske Collaborative Design / Furniture Design Loves “projects” and to build with his hands.

Jordan Gunn Collaborative Design Lover of design, music and devious pranks.

Cameron Hoxsie Graphic Design Likes to wear his waste management hat.

Mackenzie Quinn Interior design Has a cat named Peaches O’Callaghan.

Hannah Sorensen Collaborative Design Passion for collaborating with creative minds.

Emma Williams Collaborative Design Sleep deprived philosopher and aspiring writer.

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CONTENT

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Rumsey Street Project by Joshua Solis

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Reclaimed Materials by Joe Dunaske

The Guardian by Alexandria Hardy

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Model K by Skyler Sparks

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Interior Design Group Project

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Sustainable Fashion by Megan Baniak

KCAD: SUSTAINABLE CULTURE

We’re all about empowering students to use their work to impact change in our community and globe. We do this through peer reviews of the work seen around our campus, and use this as an opportunity to support our fellow students. Our goal is to help create a stronger community at KCAD while also cultivating a stronger future for the ones that will follow.

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RUMSEY STREET PROJECT - CULTURA COLLECTIVE BY JOSHUA SOLAS

THE PROJECT Centered on the idea of censorship in the world of art and design, this mural has a satirical tone that reflects on the experience Joshua Solas had while trying to submit work to exhibit during ArtPrize 9. Ironically, his original proposal was rejected for being “too controversial”. His final piece documents that story in writing, with the bulk of the text being blocked out by the artist to symbolize his experience.

THE ARTIST Joshua Solas is a senior studying illustration with a graphic design minor. Originating from Kingston, Jamaica, he brings a unique perspective to Grand Rapids with his vibrant illustrations that often focus on the topic of censorship and societal privilege. He’s an active member in the Avenue for the Arts, and has had work exhibited multiple times around town, as well as being a part of ArtPrize 9. Instagram: @solasink_ Portfolio: behance.net/ joshuasolas

HIGHLIGHTING SOCIAL JUSTICE IN ILLUSTRATION

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RECLAIMED MATERIALS PROJECT BY JOE DUNASKE

THE PROJECT The goal of this project was to build two cabinets out of 100% reclaimed materials. The bulk of the cabinets are made out of an old oak interior wall panel, which was cut up to create the walls of the cabinets. The wood was sourced from that same panel for the drawer slides and drawer faces, while the drawers were taken from a different cabinet which had to be cut down to fit. The door of the cabinet is made from reclaimed tin ceiling and oak, as well as the hardware for the piece. The tops are constructed from water damaged oak, with reclaimed crown molding underneath. The finished product was then painted with milk paint, distressed, and finally stained and coated with polyurethane.

THE ARTIST Joe Dunaske is a Collaborative Design major with a minor in Furniture Design. He enjoys working primarily with used materials, bringing new life to them by refinishing them and putting them to new use. He has prior education from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, and has also worked in a custom cabinetry shop in northern Michigan. Instagram: @joedunaske

HIGHLIGHTING SUSTAINABILITY IN FURNITURE

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THE GUARDIAN BY ALEXANDRIA HARDY

THE PROJECT The Guardian identifies the lost spirit of the natural world. Humanity has urbanized, industrialized, and eliminated the desire for nature in the everyday. The Guardian serves as the former protector of nature, now left to wander the natural landscapes humanity used to embrace. This ongoing series encapsulates the absent human presence in nature today, and asks that we bring back what was once lost, and therefore bring back the spirit of nature to our lives.

THE ARTIST Alex Hardy is a graduating senior at KCAD, majoring in Photography and minoring in Illustration. She enjoys photographing nature and natural lands.

HIGHLIGHTING SUSTAINABILITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY

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MODEL K | ARTIST SKYLER SPARKS | PHOTOGRAPHY JOE DUNASKE

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MODEL K

BY SKYLAR SPARKS

THE PROJECT Fashioned after the African Kudu, the horn is made out of reclaimed oak barn wood, and attached to the gun parts becomes a hybrid of the animal and the trophy rifle that shot the animal. The pedestal, also made of reclaimed barn wood, looks like a shipping crate, where an animal or gun would be shipped back to America. Collectively, this piece makes an effort to bring awareness to the sport of trophy hunting. This piece is also a part of a larger body of work that will together create an environment to showcase the injustices that trophy hunting brings to animals.

THE ARTIST Skylar Sparks, originally from Kalamazoo, is a senior in the Sculptural and Functional Art program at KCAD. He has had work displayed around the college, and has also participated in a small group creating the ArtPrize 9 news desk for WZZM 13. In his spare time he hand forges woodworking tools and knives.

HIGHLIGHTING SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SCULPTURE & FUNCTIONAL ART

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GLOBAL ISSUES IN INTERIOR DESIGN

BY ELISE BOERSMA, ELIZABETH HEINZ, ANASTASIA WILDER, ASHLEY NEWTON, MOLLY KALEP, AMANDA KLAUER, AND BETSY KORT

THE PROJECT The student were tasked with designing a new common space inside the Ferguson Apartments, a part of Dwelling place which is a Michigan based nonprofit focused on revitalizing neighborhoods through affordable housing and other supportive services. The goal of this project was to create design concepts that would meet the needs of residents, while enhancing the ability of Dwelling Place to interface with the community at-large. After students spoke with Dwelling Place, they each generated their own layouts for the space before converging them into two final concepts that were then presented to the board members and staff of the organization.

THE ARTISTS In the Global Issues in Interior Design (KCID 475) class, students are tasked with identifying and researching needs for the built environment and provide creative conceptual design solutions for a variety of problems in a broad global context. The artists involved in this project are Elise Boersma, Elizabeth Heinz, Anastasia Wilder, Ashley Newton, Molly Kalep, Amanda Klauer, and Betsy Kort.

HIGHLIGHTING SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY IN INTERIOR DESIGN

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SUSTAINABLE FASHION PROJECT | ARTIST MEGAN BANIAK | PHOTOGRAPHY JOE DUNASKE

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SUSTAINABLE FASHION PROJECT BY MEGAN BANIAK

THE PROJECT Sustainable Fashion is crucial in rethinking how we approach the Fashion Industry today, when it comes to consuming Fast-Fashion. Through creating these Fashion-Forward pieces, Megan took a sustainable approach to create timeless looks out of a single men’s trench-coat. The intention in creating these pieces was to bring awareness on how fast we consume and recycle clothing; and how we often forget the true value of a single garment and how much it has to offer.

THE ARTIST Megan Baniak is a fashion designer and fine artist from Detroit, Michigan. She is currently pursuing a degree in fashion at the Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion at Kendall College of Art and Design. Transitioning into her professional career as a designer, she often finds herself collaborating with other creative professionals such as Miley Cyrus. She currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan working towards finishing her degree and developing a portfolio that is geared toward creating unique and timeless fashion pieces. Portfolio: www.instagram.com/meganbaniak

HIGHLIGHTING SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION

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Sustainable Culture Vol. 1  

KCAD: Sustainable Culture is all about empowering students to use their work to impact change in our community and globe. We do this through...

Sustainable Culture Vol. 1  

KCAD: Sustainable Culture is all about empowering students to use their work to impact change in our community and globe. We do this through...

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