Jennifer Matsumoto is in her second year at Parsons The New School for Design in the MFA Design + Technology program.

This blog is a record of her year-long thesis process. Beginning in September 2013 of her thesis project culminating her two years in the MFA program. Jennifer was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii before moving away to San Diego for college, and then New York City for grad school. Through these changes in lifestyle, climate, cities, and coasts, Jennifer has dealt with the challenges of homesickness, making new friends, and finding “home” away from home.

Jennifer’s thesis, Heritage, has developed from the idea of sharing her family rituals and values with friends in a new place. The project focuses around three main ideas–Hawaii, personal family history, and her Japanese-American identity. The moving “table” reflects the artists mobility in the past few years, as well as overcoming challenges in new spaces.

I invite you to follow my process, the trials, troubles, and triumphs of Matsumoto Thesis and see where I end up in May. –jen

matsj482@newschool.edu // @jenmatsumoto


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