Christa Clay (She/Her)
Material Intelligence, Localization, Place, Land, Knowledge Sovereignty, Material Ethics, Reciprocity, Storytelling, Ontological Design.

MDes, Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

Christa Clay is an MDes student, research assistant, and co-founder of the Place-Based Materials Lab at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. She grateful lives, works, and plays on the unceded, ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her research and practice is place-based, focusing on the exploration of material resources that are locally available -- for use, process, and dissemination within that same community. Through her investigations, she considers the environmental, social, and economic cost of these materials, keeping in mind the richness of material intelligence that communities have to offer each other. Originally from Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a B.L.A., focusing on International Relations and Global Studies (2017). Christa has called British Columbia home since 2018.