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This month, we’re featuring 3D Design Studio participant Valerie, who is now a senior in high school.
How long have you been at AFH and which studios have you
I’ve been at AFH for 2 years and I’ve been in the 3D Design Studio the
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
My favorite piece I’ve worked on was for Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. They wanted an art piece from us responding to climate change and we made a big jellyfish and turtles from upcycled trash. The turtles spanned from little to big, the largest being about the size of my hand. They were made out of used grocery bags which we melted down and layered on top of recycled cardboard to make a hexagon shape.
What are you working on now?
We’re working on bike racks. Right now we’re making life-sized models out of cardboard, so we can figure out the size and make sure the design will support bikes. We’re in the process of building the models right now.
What’s one thing you’ve learned or that has surprised you during your time at Artists For Humanity?
I discovered I can be a quick learner. And that is really cool. I also learned how to accurately measure and work in a woodshop.
Do you think you’ll go into something like engineering or 3D modeling professionally?
I honestly don’t know. But it’s a good skill to have. If someone needs some woodworking, I can be like ‘I got you’ and make it.
Do you have any words of wisdom for future AFH participants?
Do what you enjoy, and have fun doing it.
The Nathan Cummings Foundation exhibition was titled “Rising the Tide: Shaping the Future,” and was grounded in these words: “This is yet another crucial moment for the arts. We face a dizzying array of forces reshaping not only our natural environment, but our entire global social fabric. It’s incumbent upon artists to lend their creative, innovative, change-making voices to provoke important conversations that will, if even in a small way, influence our collective futures.”