E.Louise Larson

Xena, warrior princess. Dolly Parton. Lisa Frank.

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These are my style icons.

Growing up, my mom owned a costume shop and I was always allowed to dress myself. This freedom allowed me to experiment with a mixture of style and expression. PartyPoppers.jpg is the resultant of my lifetime of experimentation.

With a background in printmaking and fabrication, I has a broad maker resume that now focuses on digital fabrication. 

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Reconciling Memories

 

Every person born before 1990 has the same reaction to this piece: they dial their childhood phone number. This project questions that nostalgia through the intersecting lens of digital space and physical memory.

By dressing an Arduino in midcentury familiarity, new technology becomes immediately familiar and comforting. In a world where many crave the comfort of familiarity—in outdated social contracts, gender norms, and the American Identity—this phone does the opposite. It takes something new, something without boundaries, and disguises it in the vestiges of the past. Equally novel as it is functional, this phone asks its user to reconcile their memories with the modern times.

Sunset in 2016, most major cellular carriers no longer support 2G networks. The infrastructure for these networks, however, still exists. This has created a cyberpunk dream, an encryptable and underregulated digital communications medium.

 

 
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Modularity and Materials

 

Having worn glasses since the third grade, I’m familiar with the consumer process. Each school year, I would get to choose a new pair of frames. This was a process of self-reflection and reinvention—those frames would become part of my identity.

In my 20s, after the luxury of parental health insurance waned, I discovered the perfect pair of $7 frames. They were readily available on Amazon in a variety of colorways. I had a pair of lenses custom milled for those frames and taught myself basic optician adjustments.

This DIY optometry helped me think through a new process of purchasing glasses. Instead of focusing on the frames, focus on the lenses. The question I asked was, “Is it possible to rethink the at-home optometry industry by building a glasses kit, complete with interchangeable frames that fit lenses the customer already owns?” This idea mimics the efficiency of major glasses retailers and takes it a step further—putting the power of choice and identity back in the hands of the consumer. Below are concept renderings I modeled in Fusion360.

These aviators, following in the tradition of original aviation sunglasses, are designed to have interchangeable lenses. Set screws allow for lenses to be replaced for alternate conditions or variant prescriptions.

 

 
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Various Making Projects

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Strong

I started casually weightlifting in 2016. In 2017, I decided to begin training as a powerlifter. My current goal is to compete in fall 2019.

My participation in this sport has sparked interest among friends and colleagues. As an educator in any context, I've been working with my gym to create a series of introductory classes specifically geared toward women with little to no strength-training experience. 

PERSONAL GOALS

My overarching goal is to perfect the form for each lift: bench press, deadlift, and squat. My goal for 2016 was to cumulatively lift 600 lbs. I achieved that goal in early December. For 2019, I'm aiming to compete with a cumulative total of 675lbs. 

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PERSONAL

Privacy Axis

 
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The axis between physical/digital and public/private creates a framework to interpret popular opinions about privacy.

As we live in a postnormal and precedent-making time, our current views of privacy will influence posterity's conception and access to this basic right. Under constant monitoring, individuals do not have the opportunity to pursue personal growth through experimentation, failure, questioning, or rest.

I believe education spaces, both formal and informal, have an obligation to protect privacy and thereby protect an individual's opportunity for personal reflection and growth. 

This app was prototyped using Adobe XD.