Michael Neville (mneville)
Cranbrook Academy of Art
39221 Woodward Ave.
48304 Bloomfield Hills, MI
I am currently a graduate student studying in Cranbrook Academy of Art's 3D Design program. I create objects that encourage play and emphasize sustainability.
Computed Aided Design, Three Rivers Community College, 2011-2012
Painting and Art History, Temple University, 2003-2008
3D Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2012-2014
MFA (3D Design), 2014
Certificate (Architectural Drafting), 2012
Certificate (CAD), 2012
BFA (Painting), 2008
Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2013-2014
Denise Pelletier - Artist, 2008-2009
Children's Museum of Southeastern CT, 2009-2012
Microsoft Office Suite
Adobe Creative Suite
OxBow School of Art Merit Scholarship
Core77 2013 Design Award - Furniture and Lighting
Talking Dolls Detroit Incubator Residency
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services "Experiencing Perspectives" Exhibition
CEC President's Award
Jack Rouse and Associates Small Museum Award
year of making
The Colonial Turd series are a group of rockers designed for children. The Turds are constructed with recycled post-consumer cardboard pulp. Each rocker is colored with a different natural dye indigenous to North America. The handle are also constructed with North American hardwoods, respectively. My aim with this project was twofold. I set out to create durable, heirloom quality toys with a disposable material. The processing of cardboard into pulp transforms the material and creates an abstracted, sculptural object. These rockers might have a second life as a art piece in a designed interior.
However, the rockers are also an exercise in planned obsolescence. This project was designed around the reality of children growing up and, therefore, "aging out" of their interest in childhood toys. These rockers were designed to be disposed of, incorporating recyclable materials for every bit of their construction.