Jess Giffin’ and Jim TerMeer – Thursday October 2nd, 2014 7PMJess Giffin and Jim TerMeer of studio giffin’termeer are designers and educators. Central to their practice is their interest in the physicality inherent in methods of production, and the ways in which these methods can actively shape ideas or concepts, as they become design. They see this as a kind of tangible speculation. With this approach, their small studio is able to both investigate and participate in the craft of global production. Their designs (usually objects) are produced as limited-run editions, products licensed to industry and experimental work presented in international exhibitions, festivals, and trade-shows. Recent work explores lightweight lighting, growing products, and the nature of 3-D scanning. Alongside their work with the studio Giffin and TerMeer both teach in the Designed Objects Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Giffin received her MFA in Printmedia from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and TerMeer received his MA in Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Their work is exhibited and published internationally.