In her studio practice, Raquel explores food futures by cataloging eating interactions, asking: “how might our eating habits impact the earth?”


Trash Cam


Trash Cam is a documentation of food packaging and food waste seen in Paris, Hanoi, San Francisco, New York, airports, and other international cities.

*work in progress*

Eating Landscapes


Select plate-forms were exhibited at La Galeria de la Raza’s show, La Comida es Medicina.

2018



“Relationships between the hand, the food and the land."


Interview by the Dutch Institute of Food and Design.
read here


Hand. Food. Mouth.


Hand. Food. Mouth is a publication about eating and wasting in the public domain. The work is composed of performative projects and form studies including: Lunch Mass, Cradle, Pocket Picnics, Hand Sandwich, and Memory Plastique.

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Thesis advisors: Sara Dean, Stuart Kendall
Printed by Blurb

Designed at CCA
MFA Design Thesis Program
2018



Pocket Picnics


Prototypes for a wasteless future: Pocket Picnics is a series of plate-forms consumers can wear to mitigate the need for food packaging in the public domain.

Exhibition
MFA Design Thesis Show, 2018
FoodInno Symposium, 2018
Primer Conference, 2018


Risograph prints sold at
SF Art Book Fair, 2019
SF Art Book Fair, 2018
Otis Art Book Fair, 2018


Thesis advisors: Sara Dean, Stuart Kendall

Designed at CCA
MFA Design Thesis Program
2018




Eating Gestures


An illustrated catalog framing how the body engages to the food it is trying to eat. 

Thesis advisors: Sara Dean, Stuart Kendall

Designed at CCA
MFA Design Thesis Program
2018



Hand-Plates


Risograph prints sold at
SF Art Book Fair, 2019
SF Art Book Fair, 2018
Otis Art Book Fair, 2018



Designed at CCA
MFA Design Thesis Program
2018


Memory Plastique


Memory Plastique is a choreography of hands and amalgamated plate-forms designed to elevate intimate eating gestures. This video performance inspired the narrative for the cumulative MFA Design thesis publication, Hand. Food. Mouth. 


Designed at CCA
MFA Design Thesis Program
2017



Cradle


Cradle is a plate-form exploration made from stacking leftover food packaging and overlaying it with clay. The interaction between hands and the newly formed plate impressions reveal ergonomic possibilities that activate both hands for engaging with the meal.

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Exhibitions

La Comida es Medicina, 2018
CCA Curator’s Award, 2018-2019
CCA Commencement Show, 2018
Craft of Use Exhibition, 2017


Photography: Kaylan George + Daniel Gies
Mentor: Lynda Grose, Chair of Fashion Design, CCA

Designed at CCA
MFA Design Thesis Program
2017



Lunch Mass


Lunch Mass is a collection of people’s lunch food packaging aimed to highlight eating and wasting in the public domain. This project inspired the development of Cradle and is also featured in the publication, Hand. Food. Mouth.

Lunch Mass and Cradle was exhibited at the California College of the Arts commencement show where it received the Curator’s Award. From 2018-2019, select pieces from Lunch Mass remained on display at the San Francisco campus.

Exhibitions
CCA Curator’s Award, 2018-2019
La Comida es Medicina, 2018
CCA Commencement Show, 2018
Craft of Use Exhibition, 2017

Mentor: Lynda Grose, Chair of Fashion Design, CCA

Designed at CCA
MFA Design Thesis Program
2017


Sweet Space


Sweet Space is an interactive food making activity for the annual CCA-hosted Nightlife event at The California Academy of Sciences. 100 edible dishes were created by guests at the night of the event. 

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Sponsored by CCA MFA Design
Co-created with Yunwen Tu, food design
2017


et sens


et sens is a culinary mail-order service for consumers to reclaim sensory eating experiences using smells, textures and flavors from the past.

The concept is set in 2027 where tactile eating experiences are highly sought after due to rising temperatures, causing a world-wide decline of big agro.

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Presentated at
The Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, 2017
Speculative Futures Meet Up, SF, 2017


Sponsored by The Institute for the Future


Probes


What if we could redistribute leftovers? What tools might we need to conduct safe food checks? In this design fiction, Probes imagines a suite of devices that help vendors verify safe consumption of second-hand food. 

Presentated at
The Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, 2017
Speculative Futures Meet Up, SF, 2017


Sponsored by The Institute for the Future