Judith Lambotte has a background in architecture and experience with the non-profit Architecture for Humanity. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo in 2004. Judith’s work explores our sociological, psychological and emotional states, and seeks to create dynamic objects that provide personal expression and connect people in various social contexts.
New laws are placing more limitations on our civil liberties by requiring permits to protest, breaking up protester encampments in public spaces, jailing peaceful dissenters, and utilizing police force intimidation and violence against protesters. This collection of ad-hoc objects is a response to the observed needs of protesters. Each object is intended to be made from inexpensive materials easily found at hardware and craft stores and be handmade by protesters using simple instructions and tools. The Occupy Stickers utilize playful iconography to allow protesters to subvert popular concepts of ownership and property by conveying their message of corporate dissent to the public.
Designed as a response to the shutting down of Occupy encampments, the Convertible Poncho is nomadic and acts as a blanket, sleeping bag, cushion, linked system that can be zipped together to form a protest line, provides some protection from the elements and can make a tent when 2 or more are zipped together and supported by two Way-Finding Poles.
In a protest, a swarming mob of people can quickly change moods according to riot police presence and response. The Way-Finding Poles are communication tools to be used by trained protesters to provide safety and crowd control by visually informing participants if an area is peaceful and safe to go towards, or if there is police violence and it is unsafe; allowing protesters to choose their path accordingly.
The Safety Messaging Center serves as a communication tower, with changing color LED light for night and colored plastic films for day, to indicate the safety level of a crowd or protest in real time, while the scrolling LED signs below provide specific messages to the crowd such as "Peaceful protest is a right" or "Arrests being made" and can be updated in real time by a trained operator.
(Master of Design in Designed Objects)