I knew I wanted to give back to my hometown of Queens, NY. The best way I knew how was to define what the borough means to me first, in order for my peers and the locals to follow suit. The ultimate goal being, to produce content, resources, and a digital archive of the times we are living.
QNSMADE was founded in February 2014. The idea emerged from the $1,000 project at SVA's Entrepreneurial Design class. The Kickstarter campaign ran for 15 days, and raised a little over $8,700.
To shine a light on locals, by highlighting small businesses and speaking to people who call Queens their home.
What transpired next was series of experiments on different ways to define the borough:
Interviewing up-and-coming artists,
photographing locals in 125+ neighborhoods,
creating a clothing line in order to find all the Queens makers and manufacturers who still make things locally
as well as to understand what goes into starting a small business,
hosting local events that addressed community issues like gentrification,
creating programming for the local youth
and participating in local events and meeting with heads of Queens institutions and organizations in order to learn the lay of the land