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  • Dan Camero

    Apr 15| Lectures
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    Fine Arts presents a lecture by curator Dan Cameron. While head curator at N.Y.'s New Museum from 1995-2006, he organized solo exhibitions of Carolee Schneemann, William Kentridge, Paul McCarthy, Doris Salcedo, Marcel Odenbach, Faith Ringgold, David Wojnarowicz, Carroll Dunham, Martin Wong, and Cildo Meireles.

  • Big City Forum: Creative Action #2

    Yuval Sharon – Artistic Director, The Industry
    Danielle Agami – Artistic Director, Ate9 Dance Company
    Victoria Looseleaf – L.A. TImes arts journalist, contributing reporter at KUSC

  • Learn about the Teacher Credentialing process with:

  • Communication Arts presents a lecture by type designer Raul Plancarte

  • Allison Peck 

     

    Tied Tides and Small Shifts 

     

    Opening: Thursday, April 17 from 7-10p
    Onview: April 14-19 from 10-6p
    Location: Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
    allison.josephine@gmail.com.

  • Join us for the ultimate genre mash up as we drop the best hip hop and underground hiphop from all over as well as some of the freshest hard hitting electronic music out today. Presented by DJ Chewby (Pamela Torzan), DJ Snowden (Ryan Snowden) Daybid 1X (David Namkoong), and 90’s Kid (Danial Siddiqui) of the Otis Radio class.

     

  • Come enjoy the awesomeness of Soundtracks from Games, Movies and TV Shows with DJ Tea Time (Joshua Timmons), DJ SurgeMiester (Sergio Betancourt ) and DJ ForGrapeJelly (Steven Escarcega).

     

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El Dot Designs

Aug 24, 2013
Alumni Profile
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Leonardo Rodriguez and Lishu (Pokhrel) Rodriguez (both ’01 Environmental Design)

www.eldotdesigns.com

 

What is El Dot Designs?

We are a bamboo product design firm that specializes in home furnishings handcrafted by local and global artisans using renewable materials. We are certified as a B Corp (Beneficial Corporation), which uses the power of business to help solve our social and environmental problems, cultivating a positive approach toward humanity and our environment.

 

How did you meet?

We met at a bar in L.A, and then bumped into one another at the Otis cafeteria, realizing we were both attending our Foundation year. The following year, we found ourselves in Environmental Design, where we became best friends and companions on a lifelong journey.

 

What inspired you to start a sustainable design business?

Our inspiration came from recognizing the needs of a global society. When we moved to Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2003, we saw the real-world effects of pollution and poverty. There we discovered bamboo and its potential to make a positive impact on the environment and millions of people living in poverty. 

 

How do you practice sustainable design?

Sustainability is designed into every aspect of our business. For every product, we consider the social and environmental impact, including the value our product creates for our customers. Sketches are made on recycled paper, production is optimized for efficiency, renewable and nontoxic raw materials are sourced, and carbon-neutral shipping is preferred. 

 

How do you work with local artisans and suppliers?

We have global and local product lines. For our global line, we work in developing countries with abundant bamboo where we study the traditional craftsmanship of the region along with the needs of our artisans and their community. With local production, we use renewable materials and simple production systems for job creation.

 

How do your artisans view your work? 

Our artisans in developing countries are usually poor laborers with little or no educational background. They are usually surprised by and curious about our interest in bamboo (known as the poor man’s timber) and how much we value handcrafted products. This curiosity leads to an exchange of ideas that helps us share our collective story and hopes for the future. 

 

Where have you worked?

Mostly in Nepal and India. We hope to work with more developing countries to understand the different geographical and cultural influences, and translate them into a range of products.

 

What is the biggest reward and the greatest challenge faced by your company?

The reward is our motivation to be a catalyst for positive social and environmental change. The challenge is that it is not the easy path. 

 

How did Otis inform your practice?
The interdisciplinary interaction at Otis continues to influence our work. Otis gave us a strong foundation to continue our own independent studies, which is what running a business has been for us.

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