participatory design with people, places, and ideas
"Compostry: art in the scraps of time" serves as a way to educate and build a coalition for composting policy in Salem MA. Compostry is a fun, sculptural project that uses food scraps to create small-scale individual art that can be aggregated to create a large-scale collective installation. The process and the outcome serve as a symbol for how we aim to tackle food waste in the city.
The next step for Compostry - and we hope you can help us! - is the Compostry Labyrinth!
On September 21, 2019, the Salem Food Policy Council will host it's first festival, Food for Thought in at Palmer Cove Park in the Point neighborhood to create dialogue about food issues in the city, including access and waste.
Compostry is a participatory art project to engage people of all ages about the what, why, and how of composting.
For the Food for Thought festival, we plan a large scale, 20foot wide labyrinth created in Palmer Cove park by participants, using food scraps donated by local restaurants interested in reducing waste and composting. People will be able to not only help create the Compostry Labyrinth, but also to walk through it!
We hope the Compostry Labyrinth - as a fully compostable public art project - will help inspire individuals but also coalesce people together to make real composting policy for the city.
We tested the project at this year's Salem Arts Festival. We created a "Compostry Path" that people walked through on the way to write "Why Compost?" on the communal canvas.
We also handed out information about the current city programs. Presently, in a city of 42,000, only about 1,100 people use a pick-up composting service. About a dozen restaurants are making individual efforts to compost, but nothing is yet cohesive.
PLACEMAKING NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN
The project at 289 Derby was a multi-week effort to engage locals in the hands-on design of a new waterfront park. Studioful led the placemaking strategy with support from Creative Collective (formerly Creative Salem) and in collaboration with CBA Landscape Architects.
We showcased possible activities and forms and stimulated people's imaginations with Community Design Events on the empty lot: locals gathered and helped design a new public space - together. Over five weeks, events engaged the community to Dance & Design, Play & Plan, Eat & Imagine, and more leading to a unified choice for a new waterfront park scheme.
Location: 289 Derby St, Salem MA
Timeline: May - July, 2017
Project Type: Placemaking, Neighborhood Design
Client: City of Salem
Collaborators: Creative Collective, CBA Landscape Architects, City of Salem, and dozens of local organizations, businesses, nonprofits, artists, and people of all ages
Meet at 289 Derby!
photo credit for all 289 Derby photos: John Andrews, Creative North Shore
The on-site calendar showcases events to all living close to the future park.
For the Eat&Imagine event, local chef from Bambolina Restaurant across the street provided free, healthy, and delicious food while we collected people's input with "Placemaking Placemats." We collected aver 90 placemats, with the majority choosing the same design scheme - the design choice was almost unanimous during the fourth design event.
Connecting to the South River
Local stand-up paddle board and kayak tours and instructors, Coast-to-Coast Paddle joined our event "Play&Plan" to help us all imagine how the waterfront park could have a real connection to the water.
Retonica Event Lighting helped us imagine how the National Grid building across the river could be transformed. During the events, many residents highlighted the brick structure as a good opportunity for an intervention, especially as it is on visual axis with the future park.
Proof is a thriving neighborhood wine and liquor store in the Winter Hill neighborhood of Somerville MA. Proof is also a neighborhood gathering place that hosts weekly events, and showcases community art.
Studioful helped bring this dual purpose to life through an imaginative and resourceful collaborative design process.
Meaningfully engaging the community was a central desire of the clients, and one of the main reasons this project was such a good fit for Studioful.
For the interior design of this multi-faceted retail space, Studioful envisioned distinct nooks of interest along the perimeter of the store. From the Art Nook to the Scotch Nook, Beer Nook, and Wine Wall, we developed a strong identity for each space to entice the customer to walk all around the store. Each novel nook is also an integral part to the whole, artisanal space.
Drawing people into the space for a novel, welcoming experience was the primary goal. As you walk by the store, the front window draws you in with intriguing views all the way to the back Wine Wall and the large Scotch Nook prohibition era graphic. During tasting events, the long counter along the window showcases people socializing in the Art Nook. In the center of the space, a large communal table acts a an organizing centerpiece. We chose to lower the typical height of the wine island displays to keep the open flow and sightlines throughout the space.
The design process was joyful and included a dedicated team of local talent. For the design, Studioful partnered with Linda Joy Mullen designs who specializes in retail interactions. The custom wood pieces were expertly crafted by Eastern Woodworks of Georgetown. The metal elements as well as the Art Nook, lighting elements and more were made by Witch City Customs Design and Metal Fabrication of Salem MA.
More images coming soon!
PLACEMAKING COMMUNITY ART
The Community Table for People and Pollinators is a large scale table on Artists’ Row that encourages people to stop, sit, eat, learn about native plants, make friends, and discover art in public space. The table represents an imagined landscape of creativity with a collage of artful and natural materials form local artists and surrounding natural areas aimed to nourish local communities. The integration of native plant gardens for pollinators aims to expand the notion of community to that of the smallest endangered creatures in our ecosystem.
The treatment of the table is inspired by the Artists’ Row tenants' materials, natural materials found on the forest floor, and pollinators, creating a collage ecosystem where people can explore, learn, eat, enjoy, and converse.
The budget focused on providing small stipends for local artists and designers, rather than spending funding on materials. We therefore used free pallets and a mixed media tabletop mosaic with found and donated materials.
Native perennial plants for pollinators add green space in an imaginative way to the Community Table and attract butterflies and bees to catalyze curiosity and conversation on the subject of pollinators.
Initially, the Community Table would only be accessible during Artists’ Row hours for fear of damage and undesirable activities. In a later meeting with the Public Art Commission, it was determined that a more permanent fixture would better create a destination space, a stated project goal and worth the risk.
Location: Artists' Row, Salem MA
Timeline: July - September, 2017
Project Type: Community Art
Client: City of Salem
Collaborators: City of Salem Arts&Culture Planner, Thrive Design, Beverly Bees, local artist interns
Tidal Shift is a participatory community art project grounded in our shared environment. Through intimate workshops and large scale art installations, we communicate the negative impact of plastic bag pollution in our oceans.