It is important to me that everything I design has a strong voice and a story to tell. My design process starts from a strong contextual foundation that often has an environmental focus in order to bring meaning to the outcome. A lot of my motivation to design comes from nature, particularly conservation and how designers can make a difference in real world issues. I enjoy designing with the intent of highlighting an issue or a process, as by interpreting the issue into a physical form it can inform people and inspire them to make change. I am interested in circular economy approaches to design and it is an area that I hope to pursue after graduating.
Body is a succession of ceramic flower vases designed to celebrate the process of nature slowly taking back manmade structures – ecological succession. Each vase represents a passage of time on this journey. This is demonstrated by the progressive use of darker and less refined clay bodies, as well as the degradation of the surface texture and structure of the vases. Experimentation within the slip casting process and with the clay bodies themselves achieved this look. Body aims to highlight a process often taken for granted and that if left to its own devices nature will always return and flourish.
Finned is a designed response to the global issue of shark finning. The practice where a shark is caught, dragged onto a boat and while still alive has its fins sliced from its body. The alive shark is dumped back in the ocean where it slowly suffocates or bleeds to death. 73 million sharks are fished from our oceans every year putting species and the ocean’s ecosystem at risk, all for shark fin soup. Finned is a scalable steel chandelier where each pendant represents a shark body. The slots on each pendant are cut in a pattern that matches the arrangement of fins on a shark. Steel patinas have also been used to give the appearance of a shark’s skin on the outside and red to symbolise blood on the inside. By putting a light in the shark body it showcases the wasted part of the shark in the finning process, confronting the public with the issue.