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Alison Lapper – new exhibition focussing on mental health

I have been very fortunate to be working recently with the remarkable artist, Alison Lapper OBE on the Enable project with Jem Ryan at the University of Brighton. Alison has an upcoming exhibition - "Out of our Minds" - at the Hackney Picture House in Mare Street this month where alongside artists Albert Laszlo Haines

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Enayball – helping wheelchair users get creative

This week I had the pleasure of meeting up again with Designing for the Future alumni, Eli Heath and Pete Barr now Designers in Residence at the University of Brighton where they are developing their idea for a tool to help wheelchair users express themselves creatively. Enayball is a painting device which transforms wheelchairs into

DFF alumna opens gallery shop in Worthing

It's always exciting to see how the careers of our Designing for the Future students evolve. Last week I was delighted to be invited to attend the opening of Hanna Mawbey's new shop in Worthing, West Sussex. Heavy Gretel is a new gallery shop selling Craft, Design and Art by independent makers, several of whom are

GOMI on Kickstarter!

Good News! Designing for the Future winner, Tom Meades' new product is now on Kickstarter! Originally conceived as his final year project at the University of Brighton, the GOMI bluetooth speaker is made from waste plastic collected from businesses in Brighton which would have otherwise ended up in landfill, incinerated or in the ocean. For

Launch of Enabled – a new design for disability project

I was delighted to be invited back to the University of Brighton this week to take part in the launch of a new project, Enabled,  to 3D Design & Craft students. This project, which being run by Course Leader, Jem Ryan: "aims to address the disability divide through thoughtful research, listening, design and making". I

Artist Jack Durling at Handmade in Kew

I had the pleasure of visiting Handmade at Kew this week, an exciting event in the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens which features work from over 150 international and UK-based contemporary artists showcasing gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and furniture. The talent this year is extraordinary. Exhibitors include DFF alumnus, Jack Durling who is showing a

DFF alumnus explores sustainable design of everyday products

DFF alumnus Tom Meades has just graduated from the University of Brighton. Here he talks about his exciting final year project which explores sustainable alternatives to everyday product design. Over the past year I have been developing a range of Bluetooth Speakers, with the aim to find sustainable materials and processes that could be adopted by