STATE OF THIS UNIONWyman Mastin
What is the future of manufacturing in the United States? Albert Einstein wrote, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them”. Revitalization of the manufacturing market is crucial for the United States to create a sustainable economy in the future. The time has come to bring back the value of work and produce smart consumers instead of the bewildered consumers of today. Even the once heralded “Made in America” has been over-used and simply does not hold the same meaning as it once did. This thesis will explore American manufacturing, supporting industries and the educational system that can effect industry change. It will describe the effects of the current economic climate and the cultural implication of manufacturing in the US.
Wyman was raised in Kentucky surrounded by an amazing family and a deep-rooted southern community from which he draws much of his strength and inspiration. Growing up he quickly developed a passion for creation cultivated by his father, grandfathers, uncles and mother’s passion for artistic making. He attended the University of Kentucky studying Architecture, feeding his desire to make. Fascinated by the vast change in scale afforded to architects and the immense attention to detail, construction was to him an art. After working for a few years, it became apparent he was looking for more and needing to express himself in new ways. Wyman moved to New York to begin graduate school at the Pratt Institute. Over the past three years, Wyman has developed his skills as a designer and created wonderful relationships with his colleagues. His thesis titled “The State of This Union” is a culmination of life and work experiences that brings his audience closer to his passion for work.
Advisor: Fred Blumlein