January 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
Adventure to Cockatoo Island was my response to our Integrated Project brief and it seriously consumed my life for a semester. The idea of Integrated Project is to challenge the limits of design by incorporating 2 or more disciplines into a single project to solve a problem. The project needs to be accountable on every detail: target market applicable, universally accessible, a considered budget, sustainable, future viable and market ready. The problem we were presented with was the revitalisation of Cockatoo Island which is (if you haven’t heard of it) an island in Sydney Harbour that no one really visits. It’s heritage listed and served as a convict prison before a military dockyard. and now it’s open to the public.
Combining the disciplines of graphics and jewellery design I designed an interactive education activity guide for children based on the tagline concept of Discover. Explore. Learn. It has 2 main components – an Explorer Kit that the user purchases that guides the participant around the island. There’s a narrative guide book to follow and a viewfinder to give you a glimpse into the past among other things. And on a secondary level there is a ground graphic and signage wayfaring system that aids guidance and allows non-users to partake.
To really get what I’m going on about you can see the full project here.
January 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
This project was in conjunction with the Powerhouse Museum and asked us to pick an object from their collection and design a jewellery piece in response. This same brief was given to Jewellery Design students all over the country and the top picks will be in an exhibition held at the Powerhouse sometime later this year. I am so happy to say I was shortlisted! My pieces were designed in response to a didactic display of decorative naval knots, catalogued as H3943. I combined a lot of traditional knot making techniques with contemporary design – aka I wove every bit of string on that neckpiece. So many finger ice baths. Researching for this project is really interesting – knots are very very symbolic representing relationships, strength, commitment and the bond shared by 2 people.
These are 2 supporting pieces for the main neckpiece. These neckpieces are made of driftwood, silver tubing and stainless steel wire and suspend naval imagery (rays/horizon and ladder) over the heart of the wearer.
January 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
And I’m launched! I would love your support – check out my portfolio here!