ANEW - ART STORAGE AND EASEL
by RISDMuseum, published
About the Anew
Every summer, a group of local high school students comes together at the RISD Museum for a 2-week intensive program that immerses them in a collaborative, creative practice within the Museum. This past summer, with a focus on design thinking, the students were asked What is useful? as a starting point for their group design. After fruitful discussions and debate, the students surprised us by taking a decidedly philosophical approach to the question. Rather than answer the question with a specific object, they said "art education." After deciding that art education is useful, they then set out to design an object that reflected this belief. Tasked with the design and packaging for their product, the team of students split into smaller groups to tackle the many aspects of product design. Over the course of the two-week intensive, the students also spent time in the Museum galleries looking at objects that informed their own design practice and meeting with local designers and artists who also helped them shape their final design. In the end, the students created an organizational tool for art supplies with a built-in easel. They named their product the Anew.
This item allows students to have an accessible means to both carry and create art. It is a portable drawing surface that also serves as a space to contain art materials. The easel on the front is adjustable in height for the user's preferences. There are several different heights that can be achieved by toggling the prop sticks and attaching them to sections of the cubbies. The cubbies themselves can be enlarged by easily sliding out the walls, allowing for more room for supplies. We guarantee that your experience with the Anew will be a positive one.
Anew is laser cut on 1/4 inch plywood. The easel lid and the press-fit for the finger joints could use some refinement. Feel free to make changes and to share your improvements!