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2023 Winner Pt.2 - Alice Coomber



Where did you study and what was the course title?

University of Brighton – 3D Design ad Craft

 

Name of your lecturer – course tutor? 

Nick Gant, Tanya Dean, Jeremy Ryan and Avril Wilson.

 

How did you feel about winning the Colour in Design Award – what does it mean to you.

 I feel very honored and excited to have received the Colour in Design Award. This is a invaluable opportunity to gain insight into the industry through the knowledgeable and experienced judges who have already been generous in their support. It is a great affirmation and confidence boost of my ability. The award will enable me to invest in the beginning of my future in designing and making.

 

How important is colour in your work and how do you choose and narrow down colours?

The colours in my work tell a story of the materials. Where possible I use waste materials which often means colour options are limited or dictated by the waste sources that are available. The colour tells you more about the previous life of the material which creates a stronger sense of connection to the object. I also found it important that the colours I used in my project where bright in order to bring attention and awareness to the further function and meaning behind the pieces.

 

What is your main source of inspiration?

 Science and sustainability are my main sources of inspiration. They inspire functionality and material choices as well as inspiring me visually with colour and pattern.

 

What makes you happiest/most fulfilled in your creative process?

The making and craft element of the creative process leaves me feeling the most fulfilled. I am happiest when my hands are busy working away at a design that is dictated by thoughtful research.

 

Creative high point?

 The creative high point of this project was when I connected the dots about the materials being able to serve a further purpose using science. Finding out through research that polyethylene holds a static charge which attracts microplastics created a moment where material, science, sustainability, and art came together for a greater cause.

 

Creative low point?

I would not say that I had a definitive creative low point during this project as it came together almost naturally but the part I found most challenging was taking all my material tests, research and scientific findings and turning this into final designs that communicate the function and context successfully. This was still an exciting and enjoyable part of the process.

 

Where do you want to be in 3 years’ time?

In 3 years’ time I hope to be solving sustainability issues using design and making. I enjoy being presented with environmental issues caused by waste and materials where I can work with the materials and use science and design to find appropriate solutions.

 

Please tell us about a special person during your studies/life who has really made a difference to you on your creative journey.

 All input from my tutors where valuable and vital for the successful development of this project although I know this wouldn’t have been possible without my tutor Tanya Dean who in first year introduced me to the world of polymers and turning waste into valued commodity. Her skill and support has enabled me to develop an approach to design and making that is a fundamental part of the maker I am today.

 

What is your favourite colour?

 Orange is my favorite colour, especially when paired with pink or a rich blue.

 

Image credits: Alice Coomber

Phone: 07345831577

Instagram: alicecoomberart

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