Catherine Sarah Young, interviewed in Fast Company.

February 04, 2014

In this interview with Ariel Schwartz, ( Young speaks about her Apocalypse Project -- part of which was conceived, and exhibited at the Art, Science Museum, during her tenure with Tembusu College.

Catherine is an artist, scientist, designer, explorer, and writer whose work primarily explores human perception and its relationships to memory, creativity, and play. Her work combines the arts and the sciences to create stories, objects, and experiences that facilitate wonder and human connection. As an explorer and advocate for the environment, she believes that storytelling, interdisciplinary collaborations, and firsthand experience will spur human beings to mindful action. She is currently doing a residency at the Mind Museum in the Philippines and can be found at

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.