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Tommy Sissons

As part of this Summer's community art event, Designer | Maker | Artist | Poet, the Michael Aldrich Foundation commissioned poet, Tommy Sissons to write a poem about plastic pollution to complement designer, Tom Meades' work with the Saturday Fashion Club. Tommy Sissons is an award-winning poet, lyricist, playwright and educator. Shortlisted for the 2018

Designer | Maker | Artist | Poet

Last month, arts education charity,  the Michael Aldrich Foundation, ran its first community event at Grand Parade, University of Brighton with a focus on creative careers. Beginning with a specially curated exhibition of the Aldrich Collection of art and design, the event showcased the work of four emerging creatives - Artist Jack Durling, Maker Eleanor

Music Memory Box on Kickstarter

We are so excited to see Music Memory Box finally on Kickstarter! Music Memory Box originated in our Designing for the Future project at the University of Brighton in which designer Chloe Meineck took part back in 2011. Eight years and lots of research, prototyping, dedication and energy later, the Music Memory Box is now

“Enabled” moves to Dragons Den

The new "Enabled" module at University of Brighton moved to the Dragons Den stage last week when Alison Lapper MBE and I acted as the panel quizzing the 3D Design & Craft students on their projects. The ideas were interesting and wide ranging from edible prosthetics to using proprioception research to develop products to help

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

Recycling plastic with National Saturday Club

As part of my new role with the Michael Aldrich Foundation, last weekend was spent at the Saturday Fashion Club at the University of Brighton turning plastic waste into beautiful fashion  accessories. The Saturday Fashion Club has been running for 12 years and is part of the National Saturday Club founded by designers John and Frances

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

Design Futures case study published

In the Summer of 2014, we participated in a 3 day workshop with the (sadly now defunct) Design Futures programme at the University of Brighton which was led by Damon Taylor, design theorist and cultural historian. The participants were about 30 students from diverse degrees (from marketing to fashion and business) and the stakeholders of 5 social