Amelia’s Magazine | New Designers 2012 Product Design Graduates: Baby and Toddler Products

New Designers 2012
Products by Zoe Tynan-Campbell.

It’s funny how being a new parent suddenly changes what you see: I didn’t see any baby related design at last year’s show, and yet this was all I could see of the product design at New Designers 2012 part two.

New Designers 2012-Emma Doran
At UWE Emma Doran‘s Co-See considered all the important design issues for a new mum and I for one would certainly have loved to test her dual action cot and carry cot, which enables easy co-sleeping by attaching to the side of the bed with a drop down side. Instead I spent those difficult early days hoiking Snarfle in and out of a Moses basket on the floor when he needed to feed during the night, all the time cussing and cursing because my Caesarean section hurt so much. Now he just stays in bed with me. The Co-See was designed in collaboration with The Gro Company, and won a prestigious design award: not hard to see why! Not only is keeping baby close great for bonding between child and mother, but it also far reduces the likelihood of cot death (now known as SIDS).

New Designers 2012-Marcus Broughton
I am planning to do baby-led weaning when the time comes – offering Snarfle small steamed morsels to hold and learn to eat rather than pureeing food – but the design of Marcus Broughton‘s on the go Squeasy weaning pouches were rather delightful. He calls himself a Humanistic Industrial Designer.

New Designers 2012-Ralph Edwards
Before designing his Wholemilk storage system Ralph Edwards conducted some spot on research that identified a need to make it easier to express and store breast milk, enabling fathers to take a bigger role in feeding young babies. You can read about the process on his brilliant website diary here.

New Designers 2012-Jordan Brocklehurst
At Birmingham City University Jordan Brocklehurst had created a set of Penguin Play Safety Reins, which include an inflatable harness that ensures safety near water.

New Designers 2012-Zoe Tynan-Campbell
I loved these designs by Zoe Tynan-Campbell on the 3D Design course at Camberwell College of Arts. Her Stumped Studio makes gorgeous wooden interior accessories and toys.

New Designers 2012-Jack Hadlum
From Ravensbourne product designer Jack Hadlum had come up with the concept of Potions – ‘making mealtime magic‘ – the idea being to inspire fussy eaters to flavour their own food in a creative way with 100% natural ingredients. Fun shaped bottles contained savoury popping candy, sprayable jam and a magic colour changing milk. I can see even the fussiest eater enjoying these! He is also involved in a project called Wood Be Waste with the motto ‘do not recycle a material that can be reused‘ that has produced some lovely desk top products.

New Designers 2012-Nicola Danks
New Designers 2012-Nicola Danks
At Coventry University the Bumble range by Nicola Danksaddresses the limitations of current child transport products‘. Most pushchairs are so low slung they only afford the wee mite a view of legs and feet; she describes how it’s important for children to be raised to eye level so they can engage more with their caregiver. I have seen some very high rise prams, but Snarfle would far prefer to watch the world go by from chest height in a sling. Nicola’s transport system integrates a carrier, making it easy to transition between different modes of child transport – another brilliant idea.

New Designers 2012-Catalin-Andrei Edu
New Designers 2012-Catalin-Andrei Edu
Most of the industrial designers at Coventry fixated on cars (so not my thing) but I liked these bamboo animals by Catalin-Andrei Edu, which are made using sustainable processes.

New Designers 2012-Jose Olivierab
Jose Oliviera‘s Natures Best cot was inspired by cork production in his home country of Portugal. I love those gorgeous organic curves with a built in mobile, it puts my ancient Moses basket to shame. Jose used cork in its design not only for reasons of sustainability but also because it has qualities incomparable with any other material: it’s light weight, impermeable to liquid, acts as an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator and is resistant to abrasions because of it’s elasticity. I’d love to put my baby to sleep in this cot, but I fear he’s getting too big already.

I have mixed feelings about the quantity of stuff available for babies: when I was little there was hardly anything required to raise a child, and yet now we are drowning in ‘must have’ products. Some have undoubtedly made life easier, but I’m sure we could do without many of the items dubbed ‘mechanical mummies’ and whose production places such a burden on the environment. I am lucky to have been given so many hand me downs and we are frugal in acquiring new stuff when needed, but it’s good to see so many graduates considering both the ecological and inter-relationship implications in their clever new designs.

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Amelia’s Magazine | Free Range Art & Design Show 2013: Fine Art Review

Beautiful artwork from Claire Ringrose at Oxford Brooks
Claire Ringrose at Oxford Brookes University.

I sadly only had time to visit the first week of two fine art showcases at Free Range this year, but even a brief whirl around the exhibitions was enough to discover these gems, which were first shared on my instagram feed:

Emma Norton leeds
This crystallised installation makes me think of a secret witch’s chamber, by Emma Norton at Leeds University.

Olexandra Solomka- embroidery
At Loughborough University Olexandra Solomka‘s embroidery accompanies a fictitious website,

Guilin Nucci - ceramic mice watching TV
At Coventry University Guilia Nucci‘s complex installation featured these brilliant ceramic mice watching TV.

Giant leather floral spider by Kerry Short
This giant leather floral spider by Kerry Short was displayed at waist height on its very own podium.

crystallised art- carefully placed pebbles by Miranda Marshall
At University of Northampton there was more crystallised art in the form of these carefully placed pebbles by Miranda Marshall.

Punk wall collage by William Burr
This punk wall collage was put together by William Burr, and it expanded well beyond the boundaries of my photograph.

miniature paintings with collage by Heather Armitage
Miniature parrot collage by Heather Armitage at Uni of Northampton
One of my highlights was these absolutely delightful miniature paintings with tiny collaged birds and animals by Heather Armitage.

Key with #crochet wings by Claire Ringrose at Oxford Brooks
Talismans made from natural objects by Claire Ringrose at Oxford Brooks
At the Oxford Brookes University Lightbox show I loved these wonderful talismans made from natural objects by Claire Ringrose. Her Fluvium Artifacts are inspired by ancient settlements and forgotten memories.

Toothpick balls sculpture by Viviane Fallah at oxford brooks
These beguiling toothpick balls sculpture were by Viviane Fallah.

Mita Vaghela- sculpture of plastic spoons
Fellow student Mita Vaghela chose to create her organic sculpture out of plastic spoons.

Up next: my New Designers and New Blood reviews.

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Amelia’s Magazine | Free Range Art & Design Shows 2015: Middlesex University and More

Artanile middlesex
The Free Range Art & Design Shows kicked off the main graduate show season last weekend: here’s my pick of creatives showing with various courses at Middlesex University and a couple of finds from other universities.

Artanile middlesex 2
Elina Strelita-Strele of Middlesex University uses carefully placed marks to convey emotion: I think her beautiful portrait style would lend itself well to fashion illustration.

Gabriela Giroletti Middlesex
I’m always a sucker for a beautifully produced bit of abstract art. This is by Gabriela Giroletti.

Holywood by Michael Anderson Hering
Holywood by Michael Anderson Hering: these enigmatic model houses are part of a project about this isolated Scottish town.

Service station photography by Thomas Henninger
Service station photography by Thomas Henninger, who is fascinated by ‘the ordinary, the overlooked and the forgotten.’ Me too, and I find the intrinsic ennui of service stations particularly appealing.

This is sadly the second to last year that the iconic jewellery degree will run at Middlesex Uni. As always the show featured some intriguing sculptural installations produced by the remaining designers training on this remarkable course, one which has produced so many interesting jewellers over the years.

Zoe Parry Evans
Zoe Parry Evans makes jewellery using foam and other industrial oddments. Her Brute collection was inspired by a background in architecture.

Sophie Satchwell
These opal pendants by Sophie Satchwell combine the delicacy of precious gemstones with a tactile grid pattern.

Emma Tratt
This evocative wall installation is by Emma Tratt.

April Dace
I was most taken by this bold lasercut installation by April Dace, who explores that which is left behind in the act of jewellery making.

Nichakan jewellery
Nichakan was inspired by the design of pistachio nut shells to create these bold necklaces made out of stacked shapes in a variety of materials.

Fraser Pearston Parking Bay Museum
Finally a few finds at other universities: The lifecycle of stuff, from the Fraser Pearston Parking Bay Museum. This Goldsmiths graduate explodes the concept of ‘Eat More. Buy More. Need More. Want More.’ Illustrations, pamphlets, photos and more comprise his trailer based Parking Bay Museum.

Chelsea Meadow fox
Chelsea Meadow describes herself as a spiritual enthusiast and sustainable designer. Her eye-catching patchwork fox took pride of place in the window of the Coventry University fashion display. He is a character inspired by British Folk Art, made entirely of scraps.

Categories ,April Dace, ,Brute, ,Chelsea Meadow, ,Coventry University, ,Elina Strelita-Strele, ,Emma Tratt, ,Fraser Pearston, ,Gabriela Giroletti, ,goldsmiths, ,Holywood, ,Michael Anderson Hering, ,middlesex university, ,Nichakan, ,Parking Bay Museum, ,Sophie Satchwell, ,Thomas Henninger, ,Zoe Parry Evans

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