Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design


Industrial Design

First Advisor

Peter Yeadon

Second Advisor

Asher Rodriquez Dunn

Third Advisor

Ashlee Harrison


My thesis is an investigation of material vernacular and a celebration of process and material. I am manipulating locally sourced materials to pull out unexpected qualities in order to distill a unique identity associated with a place and the things that give that place its character.

The resulting work focuses on distilling the Narragansett Bay through the lens of three categories. Reminiscence, Impression, Composition. These works fall into the categories of being reminiscent of a place, impressed upon by a place and composed of a place.

This thesis is not a conclusion of this area of inquiry, rather it seeks to develop a way forward to cultivate new work and a practicum based on these ideas.


View exhibition online: Parker Ives: Distilling the Narragansett Bay



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