Five students harness design skills to furnish homes for refugee families.
Five students harness design skills to furnish homes for refugee families.
March 6

Students Build Furniture for Families in Need

On February 27 Northwestern University’s Medill Chicago Reports writer Olivia Sorrel-Dejerine highlighted Furnishing for Refugees, a group of five SAIC students “exercising their commercial and technical skills to benefit a community in need.” Founder Lesley Jackson (BFA 2013) explains "the idea for this project came from an interest in contributing to the community but also building my own skills, finding ways to reuse materials, and make functional work that was also creative but simple and efficient.” Working with refugee resettlement group Refugee One, Jackson and fellow students Natalie Murray (BFA 2014), Jeffly Gabriela Molina (BFA 2013), Prima Sakuntabhai (BFA 2013), and Robert Lococo (BFA 2013) plan to construct enough furniture for a family of four by the end of May. “We are trying to rethink what the artist’s role is,” Jackson says. “Why can’t we be makers and creative thinkers but also socially engaged people? It is about thinking critically about what we should be making, what we should be putting out there.”