New Designers - The ones to watch from week two
Words Nicole Waefler
After the huge range of talent showcased at New Designers week one, the Hole & Corner team went along to discover which designers and makers caught our eye in week two.
Recently graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Joanna Spreadbury presented TEND, a collection of tools and artefacts based on recycled sheep materials. Made in collaboration with local crofters in Scotland, the work embodies a harmony with the environment that elevates traditional skills and artistry. Objects included a shepherd’s crook handle and spinner made entirely from carved sheep bones and a tool roll made from sheepskin.
Graduating soon from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA in product design, Oliver Sunderland exhibited his Krafft spinning wheel. His interest in preserving heritage crafts led him to develop a modern and updated take on the traditional spinning wheel. He hopes this will help preserve the unique craft of spinning yarn whilst introducing it to new audiences. The minimal and clean design would fit well into any home environment and entice even the most design-conscious to try it out.
Bath Spa graduate Sebastian Segerlund presented his Wooden lambency project at New Designers. Using Cyprus pine wood, he has created beautiful and natural lights that remain as true to the material as possible. Leaving the wood in an almost raw and unfinished state, he uses pine tar as a natural and eco-friendly glue to bind elements of his work together. Ha says that foraging for his own wood and materials enhances his connection to the pieces that he creates.
Brighton University graduate Edward Chason presented an accomplished project on sustainability. Exploring the potential of recycling industrial waste material, Ed creates unique moulds and forms that explore how the material narrative can be changed with waste products. He aims to create a dialogue in the process of using waste materials that were once destined for incineration, and which now begin a new journey. This has culminated in a collection of ceramic forms that are highly textured, with his work celebrating the process as much as the final product.
Exhibiting as part of the One Year In exhibition, Kuniko Maeda is a Japanese artist who primarily focuses on using eco-friendly and recycled paper products alongside sustainable textiles. Producing functional pieces including jewellery alongside artworks, she creates intricate and highly architectural forms by hand. Citing her inspiration as the often overlooked spaces that surround us, her pieces draw you in for quiet reflection.
Exhibiting as a graduate from the University of Brighton in 3D Design, Toni Packham explores the possibilities of waste materials found on beaches including plastic fishing nets and driftwood. Through a process of slow melting and pressing, she creates sheets of this new material and uses it to create a range of products that highlight its versatility. The process creates a vibrant and striking marble effect that shows the beauty of such unusual materials.