Carnivora, my undergraduate thesis collection, explores the human tendency to desire, devour, and possess, and the taboo that surrounds women who do so without apology. The word carnivora, the name of a scientific order of mammals, derives from the Latin carō, meaning “flesh” and vorāre, meaning “to devour”. I was inspired by carnivorous plants and predatory animals, as well as b-movie femme fatales with a thirst, often quite literally, for blood. This collection is a rejection of traditional gender roles, encouraging women to relish their ability to wield power. It is also a reaction to a view of powerful women seen quite often in the history of the western world: “If…woman evades the rules of society, she returns to nature and to the demon” (Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex).

I used the mindmapping process to organize my research, design philosophy, muses, aesthetics, and other inspirations. The mindmap then served as a springboard throughout the design process.