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About

 

About

I am a designer, material innovator, and futurist world builder. My practice is built on researching ways in which to unite the natural world with designed objects.  In addition, my designs often use humor to question the near future landscape of our world through the natural environment and the ways cultural norms continually shift.  
I studied Designed Objects for my BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I received the EAGER Research Grant and participated in the External Partnership with Kikkerland and Paper Source. My exhibitions include the ICFF Design Show, The Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Center for the Lost Arts, The Ballroom Projects, and The No Nation Gallery. I am a co-founder of Fertile Design and the non-profit educational community garden The Cooperation Operation. Currently I am working and living in Chicago, IL.
While my work encompasses product, material, and speculative design, it ultimately seeks to build compassion for the environmental living system and the marginalized people who are often unheeded in design.
Each project is an exploration of growth. I realize this through an intensive research process that culminates in products that examine natural systems, materiality, and human behavior. Often I engage with problems and terms that are not universally understood. As a way to mitigate this my work often uses material choices as an entry way to inform the ecological decisions behind my designs and humorous videos as a method to deliver autonomous visions of the future.

Contact: jessica.n.gorse@gmail.com