Tossed & Found thesis project


Every year swim centers throw away hundreds of towels left in the lost and found. For my thesis project I wanted to address this waste issue. The main goal of this project is to educate the public on waste through bringing a community together. I see the towels as an analogy for the Hercules Swim Center community, each one has its own story and a place in the community. Every towel was brought to the pool by someone, I named each towel and wrote each a fictional back story. I collected, washed, cut, and sewed abandoned towels into unique beach blankets. Every blanket has a different design and comes with a booklet with all the stories and chapters for activities at the pool: Lap swim, Swim Lessons, Rec. Swim, Swim Team, and Birthday Parties. The stories and chapter heads feature colourful, humorous, and insightful writing based in my experience as a lifeguard. The structure of the booklet exhibits alternating page sizes. The design takes full advantage of the two page sizes, each chapter is slightly different to reflect the different activities while playing with the physical act of turning a page. The booklet also has a page to let the new owner know exactly which towels he or she is talking home.