Dierdre Shea - 夏笛 (she/her)
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Dierdre Shea is an interdisciplinary object designer with a specialty in ceramic product development. A craftswomen at heart, she has dedicated her emerging career and interests to researching traditional, industrial, and experimental making techniques, developing and redeveloping these crafts and materials to probe our emotional and aesthetic relationships with home objects. Led by an insatiable curiosity in our object, emotional, and community needs, both her client and self-initiated projects attempt to push the boundaries of what we expect from the artifacts in our lives— from raw material sources and sustainable manufacturing, to rituals and user experience. Her client list includes Bolt Threads, Google, Richardson Magazine, and Frank Design, among others.

A long-time speculative design enthusiast, she has collaborated with public health workers, writers, formerly incarcerated people, and futurists to investigate our social needs through the ideation of future objects and systems. She believes in the participatory process as a supportive step towards equitable futures.

She is also the founder of studio ORANGE, a slow experimental studio dedicated to exploring and subverting the aesthetics of sustainable manufacturing processes.

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MID, Master of Industrial Design - Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), with distinction 2018
        - Andrew Kostellow Fellow
        - Phyllis & Conrad Milster Endowed Scholarship

BFA, Painting - Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), Dean’s List, 2009
        - Marburg Fellowship Finalist
        - Zayed University, Design in the Connected World. (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) 2008


ARTFOOD Residency at Polskie Fabryki Porcelany Ćmielów i Chodzież S.A. with Marek Cecuła of Modus Design. Summer, 2016 (Ćmielów, Poland)

School 33 Artist in Resident, Baltimore, MD. 2010-2011.

exhibitions, workshops, happenings

JONALD DUDD, group show. May 2019. New York, NY.

PULL-TAB ALLEY, with Extrapolation Factory, Radika Agarwal July 2018, @MmuseumM, New York, NY.

NYCxDESIGN Graduate Show. May, 2018, Brooklyn, NY. Pratt Institute.

NYCxDESIGN Student Showcase May, 2017, New York, NY.

NEW APPROACHES BY DESIGN: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM April, 2017. New York, NY. Church Street School for Music and Art.

ARTFOOD. 2016-ongoing New York,NY: Pratt Manhattan Gallery, David Weeks Studio. Lublin, Poland: Centrum Spotkania Kultur.

THE GIFT SHOP curated byalldayeveryday. 2015. Redbull Studios, New York, NY.

School 33 Bienniel, 2011. School 33, Baltimore, MD.

Member of the Female Design Council, Women In Design SF, and NCECA.