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  • Productivity

  • An Object Based Therapy

Fall 2023
14 weeks
Explorations: Silicone & Polyurthane Casting & Overmolding, Woodworking, Flocking, Vacuum Forming, Mold Making, Metal Filaments

“We work for fulfillment but feel guilt when unproductive. My work helps separate yourself from work through therapeutic rituals.“

  • Productivity

    is a new method of object-based therapy focused on young adults. Based on the symptoms of Internalized Capitalism this therapy aims to create a new way to un-learn these teachings, instead of just living with them. 

This project was based on my internal agenda. I tend to enjoy moments in life that are serendipitous. To me, moments like this often define who I am. These moments in life are often hard to acheive due to responsibilties and work-life balance. Coming from a generation where burn-out is expected, I desire to make something as a preventative measure, to allow us to have the mental freedom to have more life-defining moments.      


Phase 1: “Complete Exhaustion”
Silicone & Polyurethane
Phase 3: “Satisfaction in Contentment”
Phase 2: “Constantly Provoked”
Metal Filament
Phase 2: “Constant Unhappiness”
Metal Filament
Phase 3: “A Promise of Hope”
Silicone & Polyurethane 
Internalized capitalism refers to the subconscious adoption and acceptance of societal values and expectations associated with capitalism, influencing an individual's thoughts, behaviors, and self-perception.

Suffering can lead to chronic stress, burnout, strained relationships, identity crises, reduced job satisfaction, many mental health issues, and a lack of fulfillment.

Through the use of object-based therapy, individuals can recognize and navigate their internalized beliefs, values, and behaviors associated with a capitalist system that may contribute to stress, anxiety, and a sense of inadequacy.

By utilizing objects or symbolic items as focal points during therapy sessions, individuals can explore and express their feelings, experiences, and perspectives related to capitalism tangibly and concretely.

With this product users walk through three phases. Users pick out of a lineup of three objects and keep note of their attraction to the object, whether it is an emotional connection to the form or texture, and/or the visceral reaction and relation they have towards the object. These connections are meant to help us display our emotions in a tangible fashion, where one can then have an object to describe themselves, when words may not be enough, or when one needs to talk about a sensitive topic and needs an opener for discussion.

The three phases walkthrough everyday emotions from the transition of work-to-home, the interconnectedness of internalized capitalism and finally emotional well-being and un-learning values. 

  • Cards

  • Printouts


  • Process

Creating tangile perceptions of my own emotions surrounding Internalized Capitalism out of non-dry clay.
Asking others to create the same emotions.
Picking final objects and determining if color is too emotive and if people associate different colors with different emotions.
Mock up in SolidWorks and Keyshot
3D Printing many, many sizes and slight variations.
Exploring possible ways to make each object.
Water Soluble Supports.
Soaking and pealing supports.
Sanding set up.
Mock-test of box size 
Putting together the cube.
Freed box. Ready to be cut into 3 pieces.
Adding walnut inserts.
Once my molds began coming out of the printer, there was trial-and-error to figureout the right cut paths in order to retreave molds. This one had to be broken, so the object could be freed.
Even though I used pegs and cylinders to line the top and bottm faces of my molds, I would tighten the split edges to prevent leakages and shifting.
Flocking for the first time.
After many attempts at getting the object to be at the right fidelity, I tried to over mold by pouring silicone over the polyurethane model.
Overmolding silicone inside a mold.
Modeling vacuum form fit.

Every mold and model, including failed casting, failed molds, and testing materials.

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