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Janet Solis

New York, New York, United States

Product Design

Member since September 08, 2008


    Education, Industrial Design



    Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru

    Geographic coordinates: 2 00 S, 77 30 W

    Map references: South America


    total: 283,560 sq km land: 276,840 sq km water: 6,720 sq km note: includes Galapagos Islands

    Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Nevada

    Land boundaries:

    total: 2,010 km border countries: Colombia 590 km, Peru 1,420 km


    2,237 km

    Maritime claims:

    territorial sea: 200 nm continental shelf: 100 nm from 2,500 meter isobath


    tropical along coast, becoming cooler inland at higher elevations; tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands


    coastal plain (costa), inter-Andean central highlands (sierra), and flat to rolling eastern jungle (oriente)

    Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Chimborazo 6,267 m

    Natural resources:

    petroleum, fish, timber, hydropower

    Land use:

    arable land: 5.71% permanent crops: 4.81% other: 89.48% (2005)

    Irrigated land: 8,650 sq km (2003)

    Natural hazards:

    frequent earthquakes, landslides, volcanic activity; floods; periodic droughts

    Environment - current issues:

    deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; water pollution; pollution from oil production wastes in ecologically sensitive areas of the Amazon Basin and Galapagos Islands


    Population: 13,755,680 (July 2007 est.)

    Age structure:

    0-14 years: 32.6% (male 2,282,319/female 2,196,685) 15-64 years: 62.3% (male 4,271,848/female 4,301,149) 65 years and...


    Education, Industrial Design



    14 Km to the east of the city of Ambato, on a sandy plain, are to be found the Salasaca people; this is a scattered population, located in the province of Tungurahua, the San Pedro de Pelileo canton, and the García Moreno and Salasaca parishes.

    Salasaca is a place where one of the most vibrant indigenous cultures of Ecuador is to be found. The "Salasaca", who are considered mitimaes (groups or entire peoples, transferred in Inca times to other places far distant from their origin), are probably from Bolivia, which the Incas conquered, later moving the people to the foot of Teligote mountain, in the province of Tungurahua, now halfway along the road from Ambato to Baños (the Amazon port). The population is some 12,000 people. The Salasaca territory is a sandy plain with total area of 20 km2 The language they use is Ruan Shimi (Kichwa) and they are part of the Kichwa nation. Their main economic activities are agriculture, livestock-raising and handcrafts, which they begin learning from a very early age. One very characteristic aspect of the Salasaca is their exquisite tapestries, which are woven by hand on looms of very ancient technology. Many of the designs depict different aspects of their lives. They also weave ponchos, sweaters, bags, hats and other articles. The Salasaca are fine craftspeople, who have specialized in Andean textile art and have gained a good national and international market.

    The ethnic group of the Salasaca Ind...

  • Survey Results

    Community, Industrial Design


    With this Survey I learn the way how some people from Ecuador think about Artisans and Natural Resources. I wanted to know how they think about traditional artisan designs and how they think about make innovative design with traditional products.

  • Phone Call Interview

    Communication, Industrial Design


    Name: Rosa Quinapanta


    Nationality: Ecuadorian

    Community: Salasaca

    1.- What kind of Natural Resources has Salasaca? Sheep's wool, Cabuya, Capuli, Eucalipto (eucalyptus)

    2.- How do you work the wool? It could be by hand or with machine.

    3.- What is the process to have the wool ready to weave? They remove the hair of the sheep, them they wash it and they leave it to dry, after that they color themselves with vegetable dyes.

    4.- Can you explain me a little bit more about the Cabuya? We have a cabuya that its call “the black Cabuya” (Cabuya negra), that is hard and gross.

    5.- Can the Cabuya be dye? Yes the Cabuya can be dye.

    6.- It is possible to make fine product with this material? Yes, it is possible.

    7.- Are the products from Cabuya washable? No, the Cabuya is not washable, because the way how the cabuya is ready to work, has to be dry and if it is wet, the form can change.

    8.- What kind of products do they do with the Eucalipto? They use it to make furniture.

    9.- What kind of abilities have the artisans from Salasaca? Weaving, to embroider, work with wood (eucalipto)

    10.- Who help the artisans in Salasaca? Junta parroquial (joins parochial), Cooperativa the artesanos Kiria (Cooperative of artisans Kiria)

    11.- How do the artisans sell the products? Indigenous people, skilful weavers, sell their crafts in the “Sunday fair”.

    12.- What kind of products make the artisans? Salasaca’s artisans sell tapestries, ponchos, sweaters...

  • Ecuadorian artisans work

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    More examples of Ecuadorian Artisans Work.


    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    Travel accesories examples. In Ecuador exist a lot of migration, because Ecuadorian people migrate to other countries I'm going to design accesories for people that travel, manufacturing them with natural resources. Here is my first Mood Board.


    Community, Industrial Design


    Explanation about different Ecuadorian Communities and their craft abilities.

  • Mission statement

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    Ecuadorian artisans have the ability to create beautifull product but they don’t have innovative designs. My mission statement consist in work with a small Ecuadorian community making innovative design with natural resources using their abilities as artisans and start making designs that people can market. I want to make this the beginning of a successful expanding interest in the artisan world starting from our own roots in Ecuador.

    One Interesting video to review:

    Willard's Story: How does Aid to Artisans Make a Difference?

  • My Critical Design

    Environment, Environmental Design


    As everybody knows I was interesting in Water crisis, but in this two week I change my topic to help my country Ecuador. Ecuador is a small country very rich in natural resources but really poor, because we dont explot all our natural resouces. Ecuador is divided in 3 social clases: 70% of the population in Ecuador is low class, the 20% is medium class and 10% is high class. I was reserching and found that we have excellent artisan that make beautifull hand work and I was thinking to start helping the low class population, giving them the opportunity to have work to do and get better economy for their lives. To have the opportunity to have food, medicine, clothes etc. I dont sure about what material I will take for this project, but I am so exciting to have the opportunity to help my people. One of my thinking is start doign innovative design with a material called "cabulla" is a strong material that can be weaving and painting in different ways.

  • 2 west 13 street

    Communication, Communication Design

    1. What did you observe in the physical space? Stairs, front doors, machines to get in and out of the building, a big trash in front of the entrance.
    2. What did you observe in the social space/interactions? Students were coming in and out in several times and stopped to smoke in break time. Everybody was in their own world.
    3. Did you observe any issues/problems in physical and social space? The 2 west 13 street entrance doesn’t have rails for people in wheelchair, and also doesn’t have a trash to maintain clean the space especially for people that smoke.
    4. How can design address those issues/problems? Making a rail for people in wheelchair and other disabilities, and put some trashes in the entrance to make the place more neat and clean.
    5. Storyboard your observations: illustrate the context with plan, axonometric, and/or other technique. Illustrate the details of what happens.

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design