Eating, in its most simplistic sense, is an act of satisfying a human need or desire. Similar to Art, eating is a sensory experience that encourages us to perceive and react to the space in which communication is performed. By focusing on the experience of eating, Cradle explores the aspects of the embodiment of food that suggests intimate gestures to emplace the hand and the meal. How might the form of an object surrounding food be used as material to transform eating?
In this series, I am investigating whether a new combination of objects’ forms can lead to engaged awareness of the hand, object, and food. This nine-week exploration aimed at imagining new forms from which we embrace our food with our hands and move our eyes away from glowing screens in order to avert care and attention to what we put inside of us. This work translates form and volume to present new gestures that reinterpret what it means to eat.
According to food psychologist Brian Wansink, “We are not designed to actually keep track of how much we’ve consumed.“Most of us seem to rely on the size – the volume – of the food to tell us when we’re full. This unawareness with eating can become a problem in both health and food waste.
How might we help Eaters slow down and pay attention to their meal?
I interviewed 15 creatives and talked to them about their lunch habits, their preferences, and their desired lunch routine. I created an infographic using Manfred Max Neef's Matrix of Human Needs to generate insights from this qualitative work. The results of these interviews made me realize that there is an opportunity to recontextualize the ritual of eating, meaning instill a new value to eating a meal. If we create an additional step to ‘lunchtime’ what would happen to the experience of eating? In the two plating exercises below, I asked users to serve their lunch on a plate provided. Their responses inspired a series of form studies that articulated new possibilities for plating and eating a meal.
Plating Exercise no.1 User serves their takeout on a plate rather than eating straight from the packaging
Plating Exercise no. 2 User serves deconstructs meal from Tupperware by using different plate sizes
Form and Material Studies
In this section, I collected and studied Take-Out packaging and Tupperware and generated a suite of form studies that reinterprets its form and use. One of the key insights from my research was that the vessels have the potent ability to transform the eating experience. By reinterpreting the language of traditional packaging, this work aims to develop a new plating language and thus a more delightful eating experience.
Plans + Section Drawings
One of the turning points in this project occurred when I began to document the combinations of stacked volumes. I began to use some of the drawing techniques I've learned from architecture in order to render new vessel forms. These drawings also inspired new processes including vacuum forming and further explorations with plastics that are not shown here.
At the end of the semester, our class of exhibited our work at the Hooper Gallery at the California College of the Arts from December 13-15, 2017.