Playful presents that compel you to consider your phone consumption.
Everyone is on their phone.
But is it all bad?
These melatonin pills stamped with food coloring are meant to be enjoyed as a display, but edible if truly desired.
25 pills per bottle. Bottle included.
Modern Day Lullabies
Handcarved and handpainted onto wooden music boxes, playing modern day ringtones when spun.
Santa Clause on a Phone
When you put fictional characters on a phone, one has no choice but to use the information they have about the character to try and deduce what they could be doing on their phone. In this interesting guessing game, we reveal a lot about ourselves.
Think about what your first instinct was for what he could be doing on the phone and ask yourself whether your guess is reflective of how you user your own phone. Some people might say he's on Twitter, scrolling through funny gifs, which might be a projection of your own habits on the phone and others might say he's working, making a list of Naughty/Nice children in the notes app, which could be a different person's projection of how they find value from their phone.
Dimensions: 4 inches by 2 inches
Sparky the Dog
Sparky the Dog is man's best friend, perpetually on a phone. His sole purpose is to gently remind you to be aware of your own phone use and also the people around you.
By seeing an unconscious animal in a conscious situation, like staring at a phone, you find yourself chuckling, wondering what in the world this cute dog could be doing on a phone. By way of hyperbole, this playful present asks you to think deeply about how a mobile device can provide valuable, but extremely personal functions to its user.
It has become customary for us to assume these days that someone on their phone is probably checking their social media or "up to no good", but we should learn to give people the benefit of the doubt. They might be checking their blood glucose level or receiving a heartfelt message from a friend 10,000 miles away.
Let Sparky be the conversation starter to help raise our collective consciousness by inviting one another to be more conscious about what is appropriate phone use.
Social media has made the world smaller, allowing us to share with everyone. And how can we not? Sharing is a natural instinct in humans. When we share with others, we create a relationship of trust, which helps us feel secure and happy.
Today’s sharing environment forces us to construct our identities through the contents that we post. Everything we post on social media is an invitation to have our identities dissected, segmented, taken out of context and judged. Anything we share can be misused to misrepresent us. "Selfie Lamp" is an exploration of the ultimate misrepresentation of an innocent #selfie in the form of a household appliance. Imagine walking into a furniture store and seeing your own face used as upholstery.
Dimensions: 13 inches by 6 inches
Reaching for the Phone Clock
Any time is a good time to reach for the phone.
Functioning 10 inch clock made with polymer clay and closed in glass.
Casey, The Fomosapien
100 Fomosapiens were made between April 2016 to Nov 2017 for the purposes of gently reminding people of their phone consumption. These unique ceramic vessels have since scattered around the world, finding their way to people's homes, offices and business, hopefully fulfilling their duty as totems for a more conscious future.
Casey is a unique fomosapien made from navajo clay, finished with glaze and pebeo porcelain paint. She is not dishwasher-safe and can be used as a pencil holder, succulent or cactus planter.
Plant does not come with product.
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Self Reflection Enabled through Technology
The Almighty #Selfie
A seemingly vain #selfie is actually a powerful tool that compels you to think deeply about yourself. By creating a self portrait, you learn and see who you are and how you want to present yourself to the world. Some of the greatest works of art in the world are self portraits (Leonardo Da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Van Gogh).
Usually dismissed as a pathetic act of narcissism, our society's modern day obsession with taking #selfies is actually representative of the deepest question we all face - who are are and how do we want to be seen by those around us?
Shifts in Perspective
Modern technology should help you see yourself better, understand your own behaviors, tendencies, habits and actions more deeply. Show you aspects of yourself that you didn't even know you had or displayed. Humans can be blind and with the help of technology, you should be empowered to achieve complete self understanding.
Only from a place of sight, can you make informed decisions about your life. Only from a place of knowledge can you make decisions that help you change for the better. Without sight or shifts in perspective, we remain stuck in our feedback loops, never progressing.
I am Tergel
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Aside from art, I also work as a UX designer in San Francisco. You can see more here.
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