Carpinteria, CA, United States
Designer (Product Design)
Member since February 24, 2009
I am a product designer and innovator for house-wares, accessories and food packaging. I have designed and developed bath/door hardware, flatware, garden products, table-top, seasonal, soft goods, dry-grocery food packaging, jewelry, & POP displays. For the past 5 years I have become involved with developing brand strategies and business development. I collaborate with buyers, manufacturers, engineers and company executives to develop products that fit essential criteria and cost constraints.
I am involved with a non-profit organization called Project H Design http://projecthdesign.com I am volunteering my skills/time to help the Los Angeles chapter with a project called Abject Object. http://projecthdesign.com/abjectobject/
Abject Object, the Los Angeles chapter’s project, is making progress and meets weekly to work with the Downtown Women’s Center http://www.dwcweb.org/ on the design and production of several textile-based products. Some of the prototypes in development are wearable garments that can be used as something else - the Hood Bag, Sandal Rug, Hammock Wrap, and Pocket Scarf. In addition, we are developing baskets using tire inner tubes and blankets/rugs using scraps of fabric from apparel manufacturers. The chapter continues to explore how construction of the designs might be simplified and optimized to incorporate desirable skills such as sewing, weaving, knitting, and crocheting. Enclosed are some photos of the product ideas we are developing.
Abject Object, will assist homeless individuals in Los Angeles in finding healthy, creative, and educational ways to move towards self sufficiency. Working directly with the Downtown Women’s Center and members of the homeless community as co-designers, the chapter design team will collaboratively develop and produce functionally simple, easily made objects from inexpensive, recycled or readily accessible materials.
Moving from a “hand out” to a “hands on” model of rehabilitation that can easily be adopted by other organizations in other cities, the project offers opportunities for the homeless to acquire lasting skills, positive leadership experience, and prospects for self-sustaining economic growth by selling products back to local communities.
My task now is to help organize a fund-raiser in Los Angeles and find companies/individuals that are willing to donate materials such as fabric scraps, hardware (like rivets and grommets), sewing machines, scissors, sewing needles and other tools for production.
Any expertise, ideas or people contacts that would help us with the goals I mentioned above would be appreciated!
Thank you for reading! Jules Sherman