The Soap Block Project emerged out of a 4-day workshop with a nomadic collective, FIELD EXPERIMENTS, during the 2015 Otis College of Art and Design, Design Week.
FIELD EXPERIMENTS is comprised of three designers (Benjamin Harrison Bryant, Paul Marcus Fuog, Karim Charlebois-Zariffa) who live in different parts of the world but come together annually to design, make and iterate.
With the goal of the INGLEWOOD SOUVENIR SHOP in mind, the class was led into the field and introduced to the collectives methodologies of making.
The SOAP BLOCK PROJECT was derived using methodologies of the collective to create work using the materials found in the community. Specifically, LIRIO soap found at the local Fred's Discount Store (whose real name is Faramarz actually).
The soap blocks were carved by participants of the Chuco's Justice Center in Inglewood. A community center with diverse programming doing justice work on many platforms whom I had the honor to meet and work.
Participants were asked to reflect and carve out words or images reminiscent of Inglewood.
The work was installed in the INGLEWOOD SOUVENIR SHOP, a pop up exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design. The work is available to exhibit with any and all proceeds generated to be invested back into the community center.