Defense Date

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Interior Design

First Advisor

Roberto Ventura

Second Advisor

Kristin Carleton

Third Advisor

Emily Smith

Fourth Advisor

Annie Frankfort

Abstract

In this fast-paced life that seems to be moving at an even more rapid speed, we rely upon online retailers and the ability to purchase anything we need with a few taps on the phone or clicks on the computer. It can be wonderful to have this kind of exposure, but it comes at a price. We are trading convenience for craft, and risk overlooking talent in our own community. Most of these purchases are made from big box stores and online retailers selling cheap, international goods. We continue to lose the connection to our neighbors and communities, and local economies suffer. Because these easy-access retailers have such a large presence in our lives, there is a distinct lack of visibility and knowledge of local craftspeople who make the products we are searching for. This design thesis explores the concept of makerspace studios with an on-site retail location as a tool to connect creative entrepreneurs and small business owners with local communities.

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Is Part Of

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Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-14-2021

Available for download on Thursday, May 14, 2026

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