As a curious designer I have an inclination towards problem solving both in daily life and in the design studio. Speculative thinking directed at answering or highlighting contextual issues is my core design motivation. I enjoy exploration and learning in a multidisciplinary environment as I now appreciate the struggle to grasp how little I know about the world. There is rarely a time that I won’t challenge myself to do what I cannot do. In the end, my goal is to commit art, play, and thought to the foundation of my design as fundamental.
My vision for the world is a demanding one; it involves a lot of change. Issues of particular importance to me currently involve environmental and social sustainability, mental & physical health awareness and access, and education accessibility and structure. I hope to impact these and more in a meaningful way along my journey as a designer.
Affald aims to improve perceptions of using waste material in the products we interact with daily. This furniture aspires to create a connection to the waste we produce and make us more than just consumers of ‘stuff’. Affald was crafted through press-moulded, HDPE bottles and containers straight from the local industrial recycling estate’s excess waste plastics to create the irregularity and ugliness that gave the chair its living character. And so, the power of the unconventional is often underappreciated when, in actual fact, it has the potential to really engage people with what is often considered mundane or commodities which are regularly overlooked. There are many chairs using recycled plastics on the market but the origin of the plastic is often hidden. Instead of this, this chair asks the user to fully embrace the waste aesthetic with a stool that presents its origin and journey on the exterior with pride.
FRED, aptly named by the teacher who provided so much guidance during the project,is the product of a lengthy exploration into how we can reframe child mental health support within the school environment. It consists of cardboard pieces that slot together to form a low-cost tree that, through activities, facilitates doodles and discussion around the important topics of mental wellbeing. The cardboard pieces are popped out and sticker sheets provided are placed on to create whiteboards. Available through open-source development, schools can purchase and contribute the cardboard sheets, download templates to create the tree themselves, and activities. The mission is to be one piece of the puzzle towards progressive solutions that can be accessed by all schools to tackle mental health issues. Through fostering peer-to-peer discussion and understanding, FRED can be the medium in which students communicate their feelings openly with a little bit of fun thrown in.