My project explores our connection that we have with the objects around us and the history and value they hold in relation to our own personal lives. So much is lost when time moves on, but what is left are the objects and material things that are associated with an individual time, place or person. It’s not until you reflect on the objects around you that you find their story and sentimental value. Has a throw away society made us less mindful of what we disregard or bring into our lives. We should be more mindful of where things come from and think about not only the visible factors but also the invisible. Visible being materials, process, and visual language. Invisible being the journeys of these objects and the connection they have with people.
Our Relationship with Nature
My project highlights the need for nature in our lives, not only through spending time outdoors, but also reflected through design in our homes too. To be surrounded by objects that we appreciate and enjoy creates a more productive and happier environment. I explore natures texture, form, and material through photography, drawing and making, leading to a proposed collection of unique lighting that represents this research process. Living in a world of mass consumerism has created more homogeneity of products, leading to valueless designs. Opposing this, I wanted to create unique and meaningful products. Using nature to influence my work through form and material, I chose to work with wood because of its primitive familiarity, warmth of colour and sustainability. The process in which a product has come from holds greater value than the item itself, and being mindful of this allows you to appreciate such objects and hopefully question the ethicality of other objects and businesses.
The focus of this project was to create a collection that is initialy deceiving and makes you question material and process. At first glance it can be mistaken for expensive jewels, but in reality is something we throw out daily.