With beautiful weather and reverberating folk harmonies alive in Sisters, the student work displayed in one of only a handful of booths on the Village Green provided visitors with an atypical educational festival experience – to interact with students and a design idea in progress.
Boards showcasing the spring studio’s final student design proposals with selected physical models initiated conversations with local artists, musicians, teachers, kids, and travelers from out of state. Many were familiar with compact living from traveling to festivals in RV’s while a few had built their own small studios.
Drawn in by realistic renderings and concepts from the practical to more abstract, many reacted optimistically with excitement for deeper explorations of mobile studio communities, unit synergies, and construction materials and cost. The most frequent questions became, “How much does one of these units cost?” and “Where are these prototypes built?”
Though actual construction and determining cost were not within the scope of the ten-week studio, these questions could be answered in the near future!
Currently, students are compiling research for project feasibility at the Sisters Artworks site.
Recommendations to the community about the most feasible size, materials, construction method, energy systems, and mobility, as well as the design process and student work will be released as a printed version shortly, so stay tuned for additional work!
Here are samples of the bookmarks for spreading the word on Mobile Artist Studios!