WRITING & TALKS
Woven in Oral History: An Incomplete Taxonomy of Amazigh People
Centered gives a voice to the people, places, methods, ideas, and beliefs that have been eclipsed or excluded by dominant design movements, through thirteen essays and interviews.
My essay is titled Woven in Oral History: An Incomplete Taxonomy of Amazigh Symbols.
Filled with striking visuals from a range of global designers, Centered is a must-read and must-have for design practitioners, educators, students, and anyone interested in expanding narratives of design.
Cover designer: Adolphus Washington
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This taxonomy of Amazigh symbols was distributed as a companion to the book, Centered, at the 2023 AIGA Design Conference.
DHS Hidden Histories: Gender in Design
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BIPOC Design History course
This lecture discusses feminist craft practices across Morocco and Kuwait—from aesthetic and functional value to political value. The visual language of Amazigh design in rugs is used as a feminist tool of collective memory, resistance, and innovation within an oppressive, colonial, and patriarchal context. Al Sadu weaving has been born and nurtured by traditional Bedouin women; the stories surrounding their symbols, origins, and methods will be shared across time.
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On Design Histories Woven in Patriarchy
My essay On Design Histories Woven in Patriarchy has been published in the book Feminist Designer edited by Alison Place.
Feminist Designer brings together a constellation of voices and perspectives to examine the intersection of design and feminist theory.
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Form Follows Appropriation
This visual essay was exhibited at the 2023 AIGA Design Conference.