V&A Innovate is an annual National Schools Challenge targeted to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9, designed to inspire and build young designers to be the innovators of tomorrow. In teams, students are provided with real life problems, and work collectively to come up with a final design solution. V&A Innovate provides a platform for students to experience real design project briefs and insight to working collectively in teams. This year, the theme was centered around Home and Community.
The Charter School North Dulwich won three trophies, including Overall Winner 2021 for their design ‘Scenty Mems’, a personalised scented jumper to help remember loved ones. The students explored solutions to grief and coping with loss and loneliness, in a year which has seen families around the world lose loved ones to Covid-19. Their idea, praised for originality and thoughtfulness around a sensitive and painful issue, was to create a heated jumper infused with the scent of a lost loved one, to wear at home to enable continued connection.
The Charter School North Dulwich also picked up two other awards. Teacher Jennifer Vargas (PGCE Design & Technology, Goldsmiths) was chosen NQT of the Year. In the Home Category, the North Dulwich team won for their Garden scenic conveyor belt, designed to encourage sharing of green spaces between homes and communities, bringing people and nature together.
Read more about the competition and the winners on the V&A blog
This year’s graduating Design students will present their outcomes starting June 28th, under the title “My Friend, Oh! It’s Been So Long.” Until then, the blog gives you a peek at the work that will be showcased. Today, we find out more about the graduation project of Lucy Gaston:
“The catalyst of this project was an academic paper called Banana Time. Written in 1959 by Donald Roy and published in Human Organization, this essay details the informal interactions and pranks four workers used to fend off boredom. What marks these interactions as unusual is that they occur at the same times each day, in a ritualistic cycle. Without this cycle the workers cannot cope with the working day.
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This year’s graduating Design students will present their outcomes starting June 28th, under the title “My Friend, Oh! It’s Been So Long.” Until then, the blog gives you a peek at the work that will be showcased.
Colombia Everett’s graduation work is “a material first approach to design, in the field of material design.
My Design project aims to reconstruct our relationship to goods and the design process by looking at the start and end point of the design, materials and waste disposal.
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