Haptic Immersion

30th June 2014

With her project 'Haptic Immersion', recent textiles graduate from Chelsea, Abby Bucknall questions our perception of materiality in a increasingly digital age.

As a materials designer Abby, like many other designers, believes we are starved of tactile immersion and as such wants to engage people with their senses in a physical domain.

Fusing materials such as carpet, foam and perspex her materials palette is further enhanced with screen printed surfaces that offer a playful and tactile experience and challenge notions of depth, tactility and preconception.

Abby's use of graphical forms, unexpected still life and colour bring a very modern and engaging experience to future textiles.

Fragile Beauty

18th June 2014

Intrigued by how pure pleasure can come from the beauty of an object rather than its function, stitch graduate from Chelsea Elisa Brown has created a series of functionless but beautiful objects that sit somewhere between nature and man made.

Taking dried flowers she has grown crystals over the top resulting in hybrid forms of natural control. In addition she has created fabric structures onto which she has grown crystals which harnesses the uncontrollable with the controlled.

Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Emily Maddox

Emily Maddox

Emily Maddox

Emily Maddox

Marcelina Paulinska

Marcelina Paulinska

Marcelina Paulinska

Marcelina Paulinska

Adhocism Part 4 - Design Activism

12th June 2014

The last post in the Adhocism series showcases three students who explored issues around reducing waste.

General waste and excess in our daily lives as well as considering issues of waste on both a personal and more industrial level are key issues that each designer touched upon in their own personal way.

Marcelina Paulinska took a very human centred approach with her project with the aim of considering personal recycling.

Holding a series of workshops she worked with individuals to create new functional objects from their own waste that would be useful in their daily routine. The outcome of the project was to encourage users to consider a creative way to re use their waste whilst at the same time raising awareness about recycling.

Considering issues of waste on all levels, Laura Olson worked with jesmonite mixed with waste material as well as using recycled containers as tools and moulds for her objects.

Considering the lifecycle of an object, its materials and its uses, Laura explored minimising waste in conjunction with TED 7 design for ethical production. Creating future fossils her work explores aesthetics akin to future synthetic nature - man made materials that resemble natural ones.

Emily Maddox took the humble sock that is often discarded having lost its pair or due to holes and re invented into a new desirable object such as a vase using a problem waste stream, household paint.

A big issue, waste household paint is a big polluter and an issue that many collectives are trying to solve. Making a comment on such issues Emily's work is both humorous and thought provoking about how our personal waste affects us both on a local and global perspective.

Emily Cole

Emily Cole

Emily Cole

Emily Cole

Ruby Wilson

Ruby Wilson

Ruby Wilson

Adhocism Part 3 - Design Activism

11th June 2014

Taking a more design activist approach to sustainability and exploring the TED 10 that 'encourages designers to leave behind the product and work creatively with the consumers and society at large' - acting as social innovators both Emily Cole and Ruby Wilson carved out a narrative to underpin their view on sustainability.

Taking an emotional perspective that would reduce the desire to consume (TED number 8) as well as design activism, Emily is encouraging sensorial and social interaction as well as immersive experience through her design which she hopes will result in a new value and longevity to be found in the mundane.

Drawing parallels with how food brings people together and the idea that community is in itself a resource that is a sustainable requirement of modern society, she hopes to translate the importance of emotional connection through a DIY kit of alternative tools with which to eat. Mixing up materials and colour her project proposes a tactile interaction.

Users are brought together to design, engage and connect with each other whilst at the same time the act of creating imbues a new found sense of worth in a product that would usually be over looked and easily discarded.

Citing herself as a design activist drawing attention to increasing light pollution levels, Ruby Wilson created her project around a fictions letter from the moon to the human race highlighting the fact that earth is lit both day and night which is not how nature intended it.

Touching on a very important subject and one that is affecting earths natural rhythm and causing destructive effects, she has designed future scenario offering up solutions to capture and re play with light in the urban environment.

Rose Danford Philips

Rose Danford Philips

Seiichi Yamamoto

Seiichi Yamamoto

Seiichi Yamamoto

Seiichi Yamamoto

Seiichi Yamamoto

Adhocism Part 2 - Design for recycling/Upcycling

10th June 2014

Continuing the posts from Chelsea's Adhocism brief, Rose Danford Philips, a knit student at Chelsea used bio resins to give her waste materials a second life under the umbrella of TED 2 Design for recycling/Upcycling, but interestingly Rose also considered a third life by including varying seeds into her pieces.

Taking waste from her every day life to include waste from the kitchen such as salt and chilli flakes she also collected waste from her college projects to include yarn from the studio floor and dye stuff from the dye lab.

Put into bio resin to create exquisite new materials for her jewellery pieces Rose also added wood from the wood working studio and old knitting needles as well as poppy seeds, Judean Palm seeds and meadow seed mix as it is particularly useful for attracting bees which are in decline.

Rose's outcome was not only desirable which is key to the idea underpinning the notion of up cycling, but her consideration for the third life when her up cycled products became redundant is truly poetic.

Also looking to TED 2 and considering the second and third life of his designs Seiichi Yamamoto chose to use only natural fibres and materials that would bio degrade naturally at the end of their second life.

A weaver, Seiichi spun new yarns from waste materials cut from clothes that had reached the end of their useful life. Taking into consideration the idea of tweed fabrics and the swedish yarn technique of Trasmatta and Japanese Sakori, he created a series of beautiful yarns and up cycled fabrics.


I use this blog as a notebook of inspirations – I post things I see and like and thoughts of mine. I don't revolve around a singular topic and neither does this blog. Everything and anything is relevant


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