About Us

Pockets facilitate the interactions we have with everyday objects and the world around us. They give us autonomy and freedom to carry things, privacy for our possessions, spaces to share, exchange, and demonstrate reciprocity with our friends and community. Their size and placement can show us gender inequality, their contents; wealth inequality, their materials and construction; environmental injustices.

Pocket Change is an opportunity to engage others in dialogues related to experience of gender, class, place and the environment through accessible and shareable design activities centering around pocket equity. These activities will explore the repair/reuse/redesign of pre-existing artifacts and materials as a sustainable practice, rather than relying on the consumption of new products. They will be celebrations of identity sharing, storytelling and worldmaking through textiles. We see this moment as an excellent occasion for individuals and communities to interrogate their role in global material and cultural economies, to create and enact meaningful and significant paradigm shifts within our relationship to textile design, production, consumption, and equity.

Morgan Martino (L) and Naomi Boyd (R) of Pocket Change, in Vancouver’s Trillum Park in September, 2020.
Image by Perrin Grauer.

Morgan [she/her] is entering her fourth year of Industrial Design at Emily Carr, as well as working towards a SPACE minor. Her work focuses on the study and appreciation of vernacular objects, obsolete media and archaic technologies as tools for community building and clues to alternative consumption cycles. On campus, she is the creator and leader of The Mixtape Collective and Vintage Digicam Club, a host of Pronoun pin work-shops, as well as a research assistant for the Health Design Lab and Graphic Research Unit. Her work has been featured in SEITIES magazine, Woo publication, and shown at Penn State Graduates in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference 2018.

Naomi [she/they] is entering their fourth year at Emily Carr, working to complete a BDes with a major in Industrial Design and a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPACE). Their work here has led to an interest in design practices that are engaged in social justice, equity, community building, and non-traditional modes of learning. Analogue material and craft practices hold a special place in their heart as a means of exploring embodied knowledge, skill sharing, and craftivism. Most recently, Naomi has been working for the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC and volunteers as a literacy mentor with the Writer’s Exchange in Strathcona. Please check out naomidboyd.ca for more work and information!

If you are interested in getting in touch please give us a shout at pocketchangeprojects@gmail.com