Location contributes an immense amount to how we grow up, develop and feel in the world. It shapes culture, behavior and preferences for everyone, everywhere. Although we don't necessarily choose where we grow up, we carry the lessons learned from those places throughout our entire lives. As we travel and explore the world, we see how different people communicate and live their lives - it opens our minds to things that we never thought were possible. As travel has been limited during the current era, we have felt more deeply the importance of our own homes and craved to get out into the world again and experience other places. All this to say, location plays a significant role in our lives.
Souvenirs are physical objects that often represent places or memories but often fall short of encapsulating the essence of a location. The prompt was to elevate the souvenir through storytelling, process, materiality etc. How can the souvenir be rethought, simplified or enhanced?
Please enjoy our presentation of the Souvenir Shop.
Of the countless natural wonders in Iceland, my memories of Jökulsárlón stand out most vividly—slabs of glacial ice refracting sunlight as they float through a lagoon, surrounded by beaches of volcanic rock. With this ice candle shade I wanted to capture that classic juxtaposition of fire and ice and how the two interact to create a constantly evolving landscape. How the candle light is cast changes as the ice shade melts down and collects in the dish over the course of roughly two hours, until the candle is suspended in a reflecting pool of the former shade.