Caroline Woolard: Freegan and Open Access Furniture Design
Artist and organizer Caroline Woolard presents two approaches to low-cost furniture making: freegan and open access. Topics of discussion include her work with The Museum of Modern Art (New York), her "Manifesto for Making" and the opportunities and challenges of both one-off, freegan furniture and batch-produced, open-access furniture.
Woolard, a Rhode Island native and Cooper Union graduate, holds strong commitments to the solidarity economy movement and to conceptual art. In 2009, she co-founded three systems for cultural production: a studio space, a barter network and Trade School, a "barter for instruction" endeavor. These experimental systems of mutual aid inform and enable her short-term projects. Her recent projects include "Exchange Cafe," at MoMA; "The Economy of We," at University of Massachusetts Amherst; and a "barricade to bed" toolkit for a cyberfeminist event at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. Woolard is a resident in the Queens Museum Studio Program, teaches at The New School and is currently working towards a community land trust for a coalition of artists, internet activists and community organizers.