A Friendship Workshop was my 2015 Senior Thesis project. The goal of this project was to create a space where people of all different walks of life could enter in and laugh, make new friends and think about the concepts of interaction. Let me introduce you to the three elements of the Friendship Workshop:

  As you entered in the space you were invited to interact  with the three Friendship Workshop elements. 

As you entered in the space you were invited to interact with the three Friendship Workshop elements. 

  One element was a tin can telephone that was strung through the space. It was disfunction, but at one end   you could hear people talking about true friendship (sound taken from the   Think About Your Closest Friend   project). The other end of the tin can telephone had a voice recorder that invited the participant to record whatever they wanted. 

One element was a tin can telephone that was strung through the space. It was disfunction, but at one end you could hear people talking about true friendship (sound taken from the Think About Your Closest Friend project). The other end of the tin can telephone had a voice recorder that invited the participant to record whatever they wanted. 

 Friendship Workshop attendees were also invited by myself and two other performers to fill out obsession lists. The stacks of screen prints said: "These are my obsessions". I was thinking a lot about obsession by osmosis. When we have friends that we love a lot and we spend a lot of time with them we tend to start liking the stuff they like. Or we know they like something and want to love the person better so we keep our eyes out for it. 

Friendship Workshop attendees were also invited by myself and two other performers to fill out obsession lists. The stacks of screen prints said: "These are my obsessions". I was thinking a lot about obsession by osmosis. When we have friends that we love a lot and we spend a lot of time with them we tend to start liking the stuff they like. Or we know they like something and want to love the person better so we keep our eyes out for it. 

 The last piece was the Hug Suit. I created two pull overs made from fleece and silk that were meant to invite two people in for a hug. These suits have a pocket on the back so you know right where to place your hands. All visitors of the workshop were invited to try on the suit with another willing friend, stranger, or someone in the gallery. Physical touch is a huge part of friendship, especially for me. I also love art that can get you to giggle. 

The last piece was the Hug Suit. I created two pull overs made from fleece and silk that were meant to invite two people in for a hug. These suits have a pocket on the back so you know right where to place your hands. All visitors of the workshop were invited to try on the suit with another willing friend, stranger, or someone in the gallery. Physical touch is a huge part of friendship, especially for me. I also love art that can get you to giggle. 

 I was also interested in the space when no one was around to activate it. There was a whole lot of potential for friendship but not activation

I was also interested in the space when no one was around to activate it. There was a whole lot of potential for friendship but not activation

Some photos by Sam Pearlstein and some by other friends and family