Gabrielle is a visual designer who takes joy in creating engaging user experiences in both physical and digital spaces. She loves creating brand identities as well as utilizing various traditional mediums. She enjoys the experimental process of her work and the many ways to problem solve from this process. Gabrielle has a passion for hand lettering and calligraphy work to give characters an individual sense of beauty and personality. As a coffee enthusiast, she can often be found working or reading in a café. When she’s not designing, she is either vibing with her cat, Russell, or fulfilling her sense of wanderlust. Gabrielle would love to live and work in Austin, TX one day in the near future. 

Inflorescence // Senior Thesis

Although grief is unique to each person, there are common stages and feelings that function as connecting points with others, in a time that can feel isolating. Inflorescence is an interactive and reflective experience for those who have encountered grief. No matter the duration after loss, grief is a cyclical process in which is never truly resolved. Rather, grief is a guide to become acquainted with over time. 

This interactive experience is designed for the audience to become familiar with the stages of grief. Although the wall graphics display a cyclical process, this is an orderly system devised for easy comprehension to make visual sense and give context of something that can feel so disorderly. The four varying sizes of forms are a direct representation of the internal weight of grief, recognizing that it can have different quantities of weights. The first four of the five stages of grief house physical forms. Acceptance is intentionally left empty. Audience members are invited to build physical reflections of their grief process and the space it is occupying within. 

Encompassed in these resin forms are thoughts commonly experienced in their respective stage. Flowers juxtapose these thoughts, to represent the contrasting positive aspects that can grow from these feelings and emotions. 

The journey to acceptance is a repetitive one, but there is growth with grief. 

In Loving Memory of Gabriel Edel Haack

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