2018 BA Design show MOD: “Material Mentor” by Josie King

The 2018 BA Design show MOD is almost here! Here is another sample of the student projects that will be on display, with “Material Mentor” by Josie King:

“This project creates a new use for a material that has been oozing into every school and living room – slime. The aim is to create a systemised process for improvised making. The slime is integral to this because, as a no- newtonian fluid, it almost has a mind of its own. Usually the designer has complete control over their outcome, and the decisions involved. Using slime on the other hand operates more as a collaboration between the material and the maker. The designer no longer has complete agency over the outcome, the slime shifts their design process into improvised reactionary making, following their material mentor.

This has resulted in a series of improvised furniture, mimicking the domestic space. Inspired by the dual meaning of the word ‘bodge’; meaning to both clumsily mend or make something, and to define greenwood crafts. The bench was made in collaboration with a traditional greenwood woodworker, to test how this improvised making process translated to other craft practitioners.

This improvised process is designed to return the maker to a playful amateur, where their knowledge no longer influences their design process. This improvised technique fosters creative solutions through a bodged, untraditional approach to design.”

See more work from the show on the MOD Instagram account. The show will be open to the public 8-10 June at Unit 8 Copeland Park in Peckham. The Press and Industry private view takes place on the evening of 7 June.

2018 BA Design show MOD: “The Baler” by Dewi Uridge

As the 2018 BA Design show MOD is drawing nearer, here is a peek at some of the work you’ll be able to see in the exhibition.

“Dewi Uridge’s project The Baler explores the relationship between the urban and the rural through identifying objects and spaces which play an important role in both environments. The project began with a focus on the sheep pen as a material metaphor, using it to facilitate workshops across London bringing structures of the rural in to the urban environment. In this process, Uridge recognised the urban design studios and workshops, specifically so-called Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs), as critical spaces where designers develop their practice, noticing the potential synergy between farm workshops and design studios.

Identifying these spaces as layering the farm and the city, Uridge identified a reciprocity between the 3D Printer and the baler, in that both perform repetitive taks with material inputs and outputs, collecting material, transforming it into shaped objects and then distributing it across territories.

In response, Uridge has designed The Baler, a tool that is taken for walks through London by an operator and a partner. It is designed to collect not only material data from the floor, but at the same time to act as a site of human data, as an object through which conversations about the relationship between the urban and the rural can occur. It then wraps the information, recording the conversations as it moves through the urban space.”

See more work from the show on the MOD Instagram account. The show will be open to the public 8-10 June at Unit 8 Copeland Park in Peckham.

2018 BA Design show reaches out to local communities

This year’s BA Design graduation show “Museum of Design” (MOD) is reaching out to local communities and young people in the Peckham area! The programme of events will include a panel discussion on Saturday 9 June, and an education day on Monday 11 June, where secondary school students from South East London will be invited to learn about the social and political functions and forms of design.

The events are intented to challenge the limited model of design education in schools, by demonstrating a range of practices through a private tour of the show and a series of workshops based on work from the exhibition.

The show itself will be structured into categories such as education, space, narrative and identity, which will address different political and societal concerns. The designers will engage with audiences as museum guides who conduct tours; as panelists in discussions; as educators in workshops; and as performers in live productions.

MOD is open to the public on 8-10 June; the Press and Industry Private View takes place from 6pm on Thursday 7th June 2018. Drinks at the event will be courtesy of sponsor Orbit Beers.

M-O-D: The 2018 Undergraduate Design show

Save the dates in your calendar: the 2018 BA Design show, M-O-D (Museum Of Design) will take place on 7-11 June (open to the public 8-10 June, with a private viewing for industry and press on the evening of the 7th). This year, the show is leaving Brick Lane to relocate to the Copeland Park creative hub in Peckham. More information will be available soon, but until then, be sure to follow the show’s Instagram acount for a peek at student work in progress.