University of Plymouth
Amber Reynaud is the brand name I work under as a designer, but you can call me Amber. I’m a swimmer, a sailor, a designer, a maker and an educator. My studies mainly focus on the sustainability and accessibility of design; I like things simple, beautiful and sustainable. As a designer, my passion is for reclaiming materials; bringing beauty and life into what would otherwise be scrapped. Ensuring I design for the entire product lifecycle helps me explore material wastage and extend my own products usability. As a maker I explore a wide array of materials and practises such as ceramic, textiles and wood working. In particular the process of steam-bending, by which I am able to create the simple, fluid and unique shapes you see in my work. At the end of my university study, I hope to train as a design and technology teacher. This combines my love of design and creating, with my passion for empowering the next generation. I believe being able to share the joys and freedoms of design with fresh new minds is a beautifully complex but rewarding task, and one I cannot wait to undertake.
Plymouth High School For Girls . Plymouth . 2021 Part-time work experience A two week long placement within the design and technology department at PHSG to observe and experience the teaching of the subject in a school setting. The placement allowed me to gain a critical understanding for the teaching structures, safety procedures and challenges practical subjects meet. Responsibilities included; assisting with practical sessions such as setting up sewing machines, co-marking homework exam questions, and helping students develop design ideas. Cobnor Activity Centre Trust . Chidham . 2018 - 2021 Seasonal water-sports and outdoor instructor As a seasonal instructor for the activity centre the role involved demonstrating adaptability and reliability to deliver high quality sessions for the paying clients. While teaching all ages and ability groups tailoring the sessions to meet the individual needs was always an essential part of the role. Responsibilities included; Planning and running sessions in varying conditions; Teaching RYA training syllabuses; equipment management and maintenance. Horizon Children’s Sailing Charity . Plymouth . 2018 - 2019 Sailing instructor The opportunity to engage with a diverse group of young adults to allow them opportunities to experience being on the water. Gaining valuable experience of managing the additional need of those with disabilities or special education needs within complex teaching environments. References available upon request.