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Conversations with Gabriela Flores Morales

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriela Flores Morales.

Hi Gabriela, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am product designer and the designer-maker of Prieta. Prieta started as experimentation with ceramics, the forms it could take and the places it could inhabit. It also started as a way to create more freely, without a design brief or a client, just as a creative experiment. Over the past years, I’ve been lucky to participate in design events and will be showcasing my work at the Salone del Mobile (Milano) with 1000 vases. It’s called Prieta to make a statement about how the Mexican design scene is dominated by white and white-passing designers.POC, especially WOC are looked as artisans whose work is only to manufacture the designer’s ideas.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As a designer, it is definitely hard to manage time between a 7-6 pm job and arriving home to create and work. Time and creative management have definitely been the hardest. Also, learning from your mistakes as a designer-maker, but that is a more enjoyable process, looking back at how you worked before vs now with some gained knowledge and realizing how things could´ve been solved differently and more efficiently.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a product designer. Over the past years, I’ve worked in design studios, designing research methodologies, product lines, and even new materials. My last jobs were where in product development. I believed I learned the most in those. I’ve been able to see a product and production lines change from drawing to end product. At the moment, I am the most excited about starting an MA at the London Royal College of Art. It took me a while to get there and be accepted into the MA, I am doing a Graduate Diploma at the same institution but it has been quite an emotional and hard journey due to time zone difference. I am enjoying every step of the way.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
At the moment, I am reading the Affect Theory Reader (Highly recommend to anyone who is interested in the relationship we have with objects) and Design senza Designer – Chiara Alessi.

Feminism is an important part of my practice, so obviously, El Segundo Sexo- Simone de Beauvoir. And I regularly read scholar publications regarding the projects and investigations I am working on; I believe it is very important for designers to research outside design-specific blogs once in a while. Design has the luxury and ability to be interdisciplinary, so we should use that to our advantage and research in every field possible.

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The pin is a collaboration with Adrian Orozco.

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