Chicken Cartel is a multi-disciplinary design collaboration between Landscape and Graphic Designers Justin Miron and Karen May. During their time together in the MLA program at U of T, Karen and Justin discovered a common ground in work and ideas; that design could be both beautiful, and a tool for advocacy, provoking dialogue and bringing new life to the social spaces and ecologies of a typical city landscape. By joining forces in an attempt to realize an ordinary, outrageous idea, they hope to push boundaries while expanding their creative horizons.
Karen is interested in advocacy work as a creative practice. Drawing on her background in art and ecology, she is ever seeking creative ways of exploring interactions between design, dynamic natural and socio-political systems. Enamoured of visual representation as a method of inquiry, she works in a range of media from wood-working to video, information design to illustration.
Justin combines an interest in designing complex systems with a strong belief in the construction of design ideas. Currently an intern at the Landscape firm Janet Rosenberg and Studio, he approaches each project as puzzle to be solved. His work requires him to think about problems at all scales from material textures to urban relationships.
Images (top: screenshot from ‘Urban Chickens’, a video installation; top middle: images from Breakfast – A Closing Reception, multi-media gallery installation and performance, photo credits: Callum Baird; bottom middle: ‘People like chickens…’ illustration from Field Guide to Urban Chickens; bottom: Terrace planters with wildflower plantings, photo credit: Justin Miron)
Chicken Cartel / Karen May & Justin Miron