Abject Object: product design with the homeless

Abject Object, the Los Angeles chapter’s project, is moving forward with the production of retail garments and accessories designed with and for the homeless. Developed in collaboration with, a Hood Bag, Sandal Rug, Hammock Wrap, and Pocket Scarf explore how design and craft-based manufacturing can lead to creative self-sufficiency and enterprise for the homeless.

Moving from a “hand out” to a “hands on” model of rehabilitation that can easily be adopted by other organizations or in other cities, the project offers opportunities for the homeless to acquire lasting skills, positive leadership experience, and prospects for self-sustaining economic growth by selling products back to local communities.