University of Plymouth
Working with nature is an art in which I take deep pride. My love of nature has provided a mindset that has encouraged me to explore the opportunities around me, and create beautifully made pieces whilst incorporating the troubling issue of the Climate Crisis. Experimenting with natural and unnatural materials introduces the collaborative outcome I am seeking. The natural abundance of colours and patterns found in nature fascinates me and can be seen in different areas of my work. Unfortunately, I have also explored the destruction and negative impact that humanity is causing to find a starting point in each project. A consistent theme of my creations is the identification of an environmental approach to my designs whilst weaving in a powerful statement(s) about the chosen topic and the message I am communicating. My work investigates the coupling of luxury and sustainable living to enhance the connection between humans and the natural world.
Designing and making has been a passion of mine since I can remember. From building wooden forts in my garden with scrap material to redesigning and relocating items around my house, to putting together various pieces of flat pack furniture, I have always had an interest in how things work and an eye for aesthetic finishing. I studied Design & Technology from the age of 11-16 which is when I really uncovered my true passion for Design. I won an award in Year 11 in the Design and Technology department, and participated in a trip to Sweden, where I was introduced to Silver and Jewellery making. Finishing school with an A gave me the confidence to continue my studies in 3D Design in college. The two-year experience introduced me to advanced machinery and guided me to locate alternative perspectives when producing ideas. This period challenged my designing creativity but pinpointed my weaknesses and strengths which I carried through into University, studying 3D Design, specialising as a Designer Maker. Exploring multiple mediums in material has led to my appreciation of the art of ceramics and woodwork. Advanced machines and quirky techniques have defined my creative skills and encouraged the growth and further interest in my making methodology. A 24-hour design challenge gave me the opportunity to collaborate with my fellow design peers and brainstorm some authentic designs, one of which my team and I won a place in the exhibition! Throughout University, I have covered different projects and modules that have expanded into different areas of interest and understanding within design. Participating in course representative meetings and discussing the course programme itself to liaising with students in understanding their needs within the course has contributed to my understanding of the Design World as well.