I was selected for the Eddie Mundy ‘Brilliant’ award following graduation from the RCA. The award was a 3 week funded residency up at Cove Park – Scotland.
I wanted to continue to explore some of the themes from my graduation project, which looked at ways of using up leather offcuts.
Arriving with a sewing machine and a bag of leather I wanted to return to the basics and start afresh. Inspired by some of the small animals I saw at Cove, I created a series of fold up origami style designs, which can be tied into shape. My time at Cove coincided with an open day aimed at showing the local community what artists at Cove get up to. I ran a small mouse-making workshop enabling children and adults to experience what it is like to work with luxury leather.
Designing with the circular economy in mind ‘Shoey shoes’ (shoe issues) is an exploration of how leather offcuts from the fashion industry can be used to develop a range of children’s shoes. They are engineered for disassembly in order that valuable parts can be effectively reused and recycled. These children shoes are produced entirely from waste materials, combining new material composites with simplified production techniques.
Children’s feet grow half a shoe size every 3 months, so shoes are normally outgrown before they are worn out. An average shoe contains as many as 60 different materials, and requires over 160 manufacturing processes. There is a great mismatch between the material choice and expected service life of a child’s shoe. With 38 billion children’s shoes produced each year, there must be a better way of extracting more value from a shoe before it goes to landfill.
‘Shoey Shoes’ presents a vision for how the shoe industry might look by offering a ‘shoe subscription for growing feet’. Once outgrown, shoes are returned to the manufacturer and parts are reused wherever possible. A leasing scheme replaces the traditional linear model of make - use - dispose.
This project is also featured on the Circular Design Guide (produced in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and IDEO) as a case study for how circular economy thinking can help reshape future industries.
There is also a discussion piece about the project and its wider implications featured in the Circulate website.
What can you build using natural materials and as-found objects?
Dry stone walling has been a pastime since I was a child. Finding the perfect stone to fill a space has always felt calming. I first saw stone circles made by Andy Goldsworthy, and have tried ever since to do my own versions, given the opportunity and time.
Scottish Highlands June 2010
Removing the stone former…
Scottish Highlands 2010
Dalwhinie, Scotland - July 2014
Northern Alaska - 2012
Fernie, Canada 2013
Stepping stones - Bath 2010
How can you harness useful work from the deflection of a bimetallic disc?
This all started when I discovered thermostatic bimetallic discs on my placement year at Morphy Richards. The fascination of heat deflection formed the main basis of my final year project, which looked at developing novel methods of harnessing mechanical movement from repeatable small deflections which occur when the metal is heated. Potential applications range from driving water irrigation pumps to powering small electricity generators.
Some footage of various attempts to extract useful energy from heat deflecting metals...
This is a commissioned chandelier for the banqueting hall at Hertfod College in Oxford, UK. The brief was to design, build and install a 'magnificent' chandelier which could hold up to 18 candles.
The six vertical profiles are shaped to replicate the original wooden mouldings skirting the ceiling. As a nod to traditional chandelier manufacture the parts simply slot together, and are held in place by split pins – allowing easy assembly and repair.
There is a bespoke lifting mechanism allowing the chandelier to be raised and lowered to enable safe lighting of the candles. There are 18 aluminium candle sconces, which can be removed and recharged as necessary.
The reflections from the lit flames against the mirror-finished steel creates rich and warm ambience in the hall.
Oxford Chandelier 2016
Is Good Enough?
Can designers be expected to tackle big problems & should they be accountable for the unintended consequences of their designs?
These were the questions which have been on my mind for sometime. This dissertation seeks to find some answers to these complex questions.
"I have seen many talented and aspirational peers end up as small cogs in big systems, caught up in the cycle of solving one problem but triggering another’s in the process.
The role of the designer can sometimes feel ambiguous, as we can find ourselves working on projects and making decision, which may conflict with our own ethics and design intent. Here I explore the territory I want spend more time in and consider the notion of what good design means to me."
Concept project developed with Formlabs and the Royal Collage of Art looking at the future of 3D digital printing.
This concept demonstrates how online passwords can be embodied into unique three-dimensional objects.
Why do we search for music with our eyes?
How do you discover new music if you don't know what you're looking for?
There are hundreds of live music events that pass us by every day so what if you could find music just by listening?
Whym is a discovery tool for live music events which uses sound as your navigation. Simply browse the city to discover the artists performing tonight. Events of every genre are collated from the very best venues, from packed stadiums to intimate jazz bars.
Once you hear a sound you like:
- tap to find out more
- scroll to see other events that week
- share with a friend
- get tickets and directions instantly.
Try our prototype - Drag and drop the icon over different parts of London to hear what music is playing that night.
We launched the concept at the Sound Object event in London 2015 in collaboration with Sonos. We built a physical interpretation of the concept which allowed users to scan a large map of London with a flash light attached to a loaded catapult. As the light illuminated different parts of the city different sounds played from the artists performing that night in those locations. Once they found a sound they liked they fired a ball onto the map at that location which pierced small holes into the map which was backlit acting like city lights being turned on. Over time the most illuminated areas on the map depicted the most popular tunes being played.
Whym app RCA
whym map app first mock up
Whym app demo
Cove Park Sculptures
An unexpected discovery at Cove Park was the workshop, a converted WW2 Nissen hut located on the hill. Having explored the local area, I came across a boat repair yard that was throwing out long lengths of old rigging wire.
I spent much of my time unwinding and rewinding the wire. The inherent torsional forces within the wire are fascinating - it really doesn’t want to come apart! The way the unwound wire retains its shape is quite beautiful and there is something symbolic about the fractal make up of this this manmade product.
Wood and tension
How can you extract and manipulate the structural forces hidden in a sheet of plywood?
Wood has a shape memory which can be harnessed to create interesting forms. I have wanted to design items of functional furniture by using these hidden forces. No glue or metal fixings have been used and no items have been pre-formed or steamed. The deflected ply is being held in place by other opposing members. Different thickness of plywood are allowed.
Webbing and Plywood
How can you use a loop of webbing to create a tensioned structural form?
Having spent many years obsessing and experimenting with ratchet straps, I discovered that the ratchet mechanisms only create tension directly around the mechanism area. I also realised that focusing on the assembly method of a structure had much more potential for creating an ‘even’ tension - compared to the difficulties encountered with the ratchets.
The functional objects shown are made from using polyester webbing to inflict tension onto 6mm Birch Ply wood.
How can you extract and manipulate the structural forces hidden in a sheet of Stokbord?
Stokbord was developed for the agricultural industry for practical applications on farms. Its qualities of being ‘non-chewable’, non-toxic, water resistant and flexible make it ideal for animal pens, but for me it offers a whole new range of movement characteristics, in contrast to birch ply.