Hi! I'm Maisie.
(And I've always been called Maisie, even though my full name is Mariah Ellis Richards -- hence, M.E.R. Design...)
I am a huge fan of laughing. Also love a good tender-hearted cry. Absolutely obsessed with chickens (^^^).
I love co-creating with people. I love hearing stories and learning about aspects of life I've never thought about. I like feeling humbled by new ideas (most days).
I love rocks and rivers and the things that depend on them. I have an MS in Fluvial Geomorphology and I majored in Geology and Studio Art in Undergrad. I love helping people communicate scientific understandings and processes in accessible ways. I have a background in education and continue to be inspired by the people who are sparking curiosity in minds of all ages.
Though I've been lucky enough to attend school for 18 years of my life, the most valuable part of my education is attributed to listening to, engaging with, and learning from folks of all backgrounds.
I strive (and struggle) to be a true accomplice. I am learning that collective liberation and climate justice can only be achieved through Indigenous-led rematriation, Black liberation and reparation, disability justice, abolition of a punishment-based system, accountability, the centering of holistic health, a recognition of our interconnectedness...etc. I am practicing embodying this understanding through my actions, work and relationships. But it's hard and I F- up, feel shame, learn, and readjust quite a bit along the way.
I work hard to engage thoughtfully and compassionately in difficult conversations. I am increasingly aware of the biases and ignorance I carry within me and am actively working to dismantle them. I am passionate about using visual communication to ease our aversion towards addressing the harm caused by white-bodied supremacy and extractive capitalism.
When I design, my curiosity and appreciation for the immensity of this world and our place in it are my inspiration.