Naomi D Boyd

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE encompasses a series of forms & interventions exploring the relationships between maker, material, & the spaces in which the work is situated.

As an uninvited guest on this land, as a student, inside the walls of the institution and outside in the world, my goal is to experiment, observe, repeat, and continue developing a relationship with the spaces and forms around me.

This project has developed to be distinctly practice based, embracing the ongoing nature of learning processes related to material research methods. Each physical object embodies the process of its creation and use, including its irregularities, signs of wear, and layers of repair.

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The repetition of basic actions is a key element in establishing connections between maker, material, and site, whether that be the tying of knots or weaving of branches. This practice seeks to embrace the concept of emergence, which is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of relatively simple interactions.*

Once a number of these primary elements (materials, techniques, tools) have been identified and validated they can be recombined to incorporate new structures, shapes, and uses. The forms which arise serve to augment the existing body of work, a foundation for further research through design.

* c/o adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy, 2017

This work was humbly practiced on the occupied, ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (tsleil-waututh) nations

Thank you to the land that has hosted me and provided for me, and continues to teach me each and every day.

Thank you to all of the teachers who got me here.

Thank you to all the folks, beings, and sites that have significantly informed this practice.

Thank you to the willow, for keeping me humble.

Naomi D Boyd

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Naomi (she/they) is finishing their fourth year at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC, working to complete a BDes with a major in Industrial Design and a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPACE). Their work here has led to an interest in design practices that are engaged in social justice, equity, community building, and non-traditional modes of learning. Analogue material and craft practices hold a special place in their heart as a means of exploring embodied knowledge, skill sharing, and craftivism. Most recently, Naomi has been working for the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, developing a project with Morgan Martino through the Satellite x DESIS Residency Program called Pocket Change, and volunteers as a literacy mentor with the Writer’s Exchange in Strathcona.
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