Erin Maile O'Keefe is a talented designer who designed and built the Paper Boat tiny house for herself and her husband, where they live in the backyard of a house that they own. In this conversation we'll break down the Paper Boat design and share some of the ways that Erin thinks about designing tiny spaces so that they work for the occupants in the process.
In This Episode:
- A brief history of Yestermorrow and teaching the class
- The Paper Boat house: how it got its name and the way that function inspired design.
- Erin’s design approach that allowed her to fit everything she needs into her space
- How custom cabinetry stores things with beauty and function
- Erin’s journey into the tiny house movement
- What’s Tiny House Fest Vermont all about and how is it unique?
- Erin discusses Creative Placemaking and how she uses her Master Certificate
Links and Resources:
- Rural Studio
- Rock the Shack
- Tiny House Fest Vermont
- Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Erin Maile O'Keefe
As an educator and community artist/activator Erin has developed kinesthetic, multigenerational curriculums, facilitating group inclusion, connection, co-authorship and empathy. For over two decades, she has lead in-school arts residency curriculum that activate anatomy and life science studies for elementary students, ending in a community performance and student-led workshops. Erin’s background in dance, theater and architecture has made the crafting of temporal spaces and community play at the core of much of her work. With the completion of a Master Certificate in Creative Placemaking at Ohio State University, Erin founded The Human Connection Project that focuses on activating communities through municipal-wide arts projects, creative placemaking, and experiential engagement. Partners include local schools, businesses, organizations, municipalities and pedestrians. In 2016, Erin co-founded Tiny House Fest Vermont, hosting meaningful conversations about building, housing, and “place.”
The process of designing and building her first home, The Paper Boat House, has reignited the dream she had at age seven of designing architectural spaces.
This week's Sponsor:
Jamaica Cottage Shop
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