The Nature Lab is a small, hands-on natural history collection at the Rhode Island School of Design. Unlike most natural history collections which serve scientific purposes, this collection is meant to serve artistic ones. The taxidermy, skeletons, shells, feathers, seed pods, minerals, and other natural objects have been amassed to inspire students in their art and design work. But even though the Nature Lab's mission differs from traditional natural history collections, their displays have mainly been organized in traditional taxonomic ways. As a monitor at the Nature Lab, I decided that their displays should reflect their creative mission and set out to curate a number of color coordinated cabinets.
Before I created each display, I would comb through the entire collection and pick out items that were of the color of my choice. Then I set out to organize the objects in an appealing way. As someone who really appreciates symmetry in nature, my displays were very symmetrical with the occasional anomaly.