Katie Harrison

This project takes inspiration from naturally occurring and organic forms, everything from antlers to agate, beetles to bones and feathers to fish. Visits to influential places such as Nottingham’s Woolaton Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum and finally the Natural History Museum were essential in bringing the subject matter to life and it’s broadening vast horizons.

Through drawing, observations and photographs were developed and transformed into new and innovative designs, based around simplified tessellating patterns, geometric shapes and three-dimensional structures. Utilising CAD and laser-cutting technology, these designs were expanded and envisaged from their original pen and pencil sketches and into a range of finished initial ideas cut in numerous materials, including wood, textiles and paper. Through modelling, prototyping and problem solving, these two dimensional cut out designs were then channelled into bigger and better, more striking three-dimensional pieces made up of separate components which connected together, with the connections becoming features in themselves.

Although this journey began with a focus on textiles and the aim of a final product that would interact with the body, it eventually filtered into final visualisations of a more sculptural orientation, built of card. This gave the project more scope and increased its sustainability. The idea of creating something eye-catching and aesthetically appealing from a material as ordinary as card is an intriguing one, and with its versatility, it has the potential to unfold further into alternate areas of design, such as interiors and fashion.

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