Pratt CreativeXchange is a maker space for the exchange of design ideas and practices shared between local artisans and Kingston High School students, facilitated by members of Pratt's School of Design interdisciplinary research team.

Kingston's rich manufacturing history and its contemporary maker community have shaped and inspired the products created in this program. Each object is unique, integrating Kingston's natural materials - embodying a spirit of regeneration.

In collaboration with Mary and David Martin's MADWORKSHOP

In collaboration with Mary and David Martin's MADWORKSHOP

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Research

Research

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Kingston, New York

Kingston, New York is a city with a rich history of industry, a vibrant community, and a growing family of makers. It’s unique locale on the Hudson River sparked our interest immediately.
As we immersed ourselves within the population of Kingston, we learned of a complex history of boon and fall. Of the multitude of community members we met, from YMCA instructors to entrepreneurs, the want that was most repeated was to be able sustain itself resiliently.

Kingston High School

With almost 2,000 students enrolled, Kingston High School boasts an advanced Art curriculum. The school offers multiple levels of Jewelry, Ceramics, and Drawing and Painting.
The High School has recently begun an internship program to give students experience in different fields.

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The Kingston Makers

Kingston was originally known for its many industries that helped build The Hudson Valley. Today, these production methods and materials have been regenerated through a vibrant group of artisans and their passion for their craft.
All of the makers we spoke to expressed a deep want to extend past their studios into the greater community of Kingston.

The Kingston Makers

Kingston was originally known for its many industries that helped build The Hudson Valley. Today, these production methods and materials have been regenerated through a vibrant group of artisans and their passion for their craft.
All of the makers we spoke to expressed a deep want to extend past their studios into the greater community of Kingston.

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December Open House

In December of 2018, we opened our space to the design community within Kingston. Our intent was to share our vision for our project and understand response from the community. 

December Open House

In December of 2018, we opened our space to the design community within Kingston. Our intent was to share our vision for our project and understand response from the community. 

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Process & Ideation

Process & Ideation

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The Space

Our location for the internship was the first floor of the Treadwell Building, right at the end of Kingston's Midtown Art District. A large space offered the opportunity for an open floorplan that, paired with dynamic and mobile furniture, would allow the interior to be defined by the functional requirements of the internship. By creating a space that is entirely multifunctional and flexible, we can fully address the needs of the program while remaining independent of architectural constraints and able to establish ourselves in any location. Drawing inspiration from the modularity and unit of the brick, the furniture and displays will embody the concepts and goals of PCX.

The Space

Our location for the internship was the first floor of the Treadwell Building, right at the end of Kingston's Midtown Art District. A large space offered the opportunity for an open floorplan that, paired with dynamic and mobile furniture, would allow the interior to be defined by the functional requirements of the internship. By creating a space that is entirely multifunctional and flexible, we can fully address the needs of the program while remaining independent of architectural constraints and able to establish ourselves in any location. Drawing inspiration from the modularity and unit of the brick, the furniture and displays will embody the concepts and goals of PCX.

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Production & Internship

Production & Internship

Pratt Creative Exchange used the internship opportunities offered by Kingston High School as a point of connecting between local artisans and Kingston youth. Each internship module was initiated by a sharing session from a creative professional from the Kingston area in their specific areas of expertise. Over the course of five weeks, students learned a variety of design methodologies that showed practical applications for creativity within a working environment.

Soap making

While immersing ourselves in Kingston, we were struck by the material process of the eroding bricks at Kingston Point Beach. The sand was full of brick stones slowly rounding themselves into smaller and smaller forms. Producing soap in the shape of new bricks will put this phenomenon directly in the hands of the user.

Soap making

While immersing ourselves in Kingston, we were struck by the material process of the eroding bricks at Kingston Point Beach. The sand was full of brick stones slowly rounding themselves into smaller and smaller forms. Producing soap in the shape of new bricks will put this phenomenon directly in the hands of the user.

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Lisa Hayman from Fox Farms Apiary taught the students how to make lye soap. Using wax from her apiary about an hour out of Kingston, along with locally sourced essential oils, we created soap out of materials originating in and around Kingston.

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Slipcasting

Using the methodologies taught through the mold making process the previous week, the second week added the process of slipcasting. Using the same brick dust and mixing it in with the slip created interesting red striations reminiscent of the degraded red brick on Point Beach.

Slipcasting

Using the methodologies taught through the mold making process the previous week, the second week added the process of slipcasting. Using the same brick dust and mixing it in with the slip created interesting red striations reminiscent of the degraded red brick on Point Beach.

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Lisa Hayman from Fox Farms Apiary taught the students how to make lye soap. Using wax from her apiary about an hour out of Kingston, along with locally sourced essential oils, we created soap out of materials originating in and around Kingston.

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Screenprinting

Having created objects, we sought to teach our students how to create packaging to build a story around their products. Through rapid prototyping on a Roland printer, we shared the journey of design and ideation of packaging. 

Screenprinting

Having created objects, we sought to teach our students how to create packaging to build a story around their products. Through rapid prototyping on a Roland printer, we shared the journey of design and ideation of packaging. 

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Followthrough of prototypes were done by creating a screen printed pattern on a mass produced box. Two separate patterns and colors were used for the two separate objects to create a visual differentiation.

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Photography

The last step in the making process of the internship was the documentation process. Through using objects from both the making and objects found through Kingston, the students created images that helped to create context for their internship and the process that went into the creation of the objects.

Photography

The last step in the making process of the internship was the documentation process. Through using objects from both the making and objects found through Kingston, the students created images that helped to create context for their internship and the process that went into the creation of the objects.

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Students were encouraged to consider the images they were creating as stories, and by composing the image with the right set of objects in the right space, the viewer could understand the origins of the product.

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Exhibition

To give a feeling of ownership to the process, the students put on an exhibition, first at their school during a potluck, and then within the space, open to the public on First Saturdays, an arts program in Kingston through which the doors of many makers and artisans are open to the public.

Exhibition

To give a feeling of ownership to the process, the students put on an exhibition, first at their school during a potluck, and then within the space, open to the public on First Saturdays, an arts program in Kingston through which the doors of many makers and artisans are open to the public.

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Students used photos taken through the internship process along with their photos, objects, packaging, the furniture, and the space in order to tell their story of the internship. Through allowing them to create their own rendition of the internship, students took control of their work and showed ownership of the processes they were taught in earlier weeks. 

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ICFF

From May 19 - May 22nd, 2019, Pratt CreativeXchange exhibited our objects, furniture, and the internship at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Our booth showed our process through the internship and outcomes based on that process.

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From May 19 - May 22nd, 2019, Pratt CreativeXchange exhibited our objects, furniture, and the internship at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Our booth showed our process through the internship and outcomes based on that process.

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On the third day of ICFF, the students that participated in the internship visited to see their work in a large scale professional setting. This gave them the opportunity to meet those in the design industry, experience a trade show, and explore the city. Many students had never been to New York, let alone a large city.

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The students' involvement at ICFF offered them the ability to present their work to professionals and speak to other schools. Some schools had admissions representatives on site, building a dialogue between the students and schools.

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If you are interested in working with us, or have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

If you are interested in working with us, or have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Credits

   

Credits

Credits

Pratt Team

Faculty

David Frisco

Luca Lucic

Karol Murlak

Jon Otis

 

Graduate Students

Garrett Benisch

Alice Hixon Kirk

Katherine Levinton

Snigdha Pamula

Alex Thompson

Nigel Sequeira

Pratt Team

Faculty

David Frisco

Luca Lucic

Karol Murlak

Jon Otis

 

Graduate Students

Garrett Benisch

Alice Hixon Kirk

Katherine Levinton

Snigdha Pamula

Alex Thompson

Nigel Sequeira

Kingston Team

Collaborators

Sarah Carlson

Tina Dierna

Scott Dutton

Alexis Feldheim

Kat Howard

 

Kingston High School

Leslie Modesta Ramos Chub

Derek Church

Abigail Rose Frank

Maizy Mae Milliken

Analiya Patricia Sullivan

Kingston Team

Collaborators

Sarah Carlson

Tina Dierna

Scott Dutton

Alexis Feldheim

Kat Howard

 

Kingston High School

Leslie Modesta Ramos Chub

Derek Church

Abigail Rose Frank

Maizy Mae Milliken

Analiya Patricia Sullivan

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