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I am delighted to welcome you to The Glasgow School of Art Graduate Showcase 2020. We hope you enjoy our creative response to mounting a physical degree show during the current pandemic. Our digital platform enables us to share the work of our hugely talented graduates at this important moment in their careers.

As a creative community we understand and value the significance of the physical public exhibition, and its importance to the individual practitioner and their audience. Once we are able to move beyond social distancing, the GSA is committed to assisting our graduates as they enter their creative careers, supporting them to develop physical exhibitions which showcase their work. Our support will manifest itself in sponsorship and access to exhibition spaces, and our dedicated team are developing a guidance framework for this next stage as I write. Glasgow as a city thrives on the quality and volume of its exhibition and cultural programming, it is essential that the GSA and its graduates continues to contribute to this going forward and we are committed to making this happen.

The work within this exciting digital showcase represents the culmination of a student’s time with us, their unique creative journeys and signals the start of their professional lives.  You will notice as you scroll through the site exploring the work of our students, that a number of them have linked their work to the National Union of Students’ Pause or Pay campaign and a group of PGT students have chosen not to submit work at this time, the reasons for which are detailed within their personal statements.  We hope that these students will in time submit work and the digital platform has been developed to allow this.  All students can add new work as they complete it allowing them to share with you over the next 12 months the development of their practice as they transition from graduate to professional practitioner.

We invite you to join with us as we celebrate our students, view and engage with their work and reflect on the importance of creative people and creative education in complex and challenging times.

Penny Macbeth
Director, The Glasgow School of Art

Exterior Context

Perspective Context

Location Diagram and Site Plan

Floor Plans

Cross Section Progression- 1

Exterior and Performance Hall

Cross Section Progression- 2

Adjoining Courtyard and Accommodation

Interior Renders

Development Model

Exploded Structural Isometric

Development Section

The Pedestal

Initial schematic drawing and the development work at 1:2 scale.

Site Isometric

Construction Details

Construction Model

Showcasing the relationship between the brick volumes and timber roof.

Site plan at 1:500 scale

Initial arrival section/ elevation to the site at 1:500 scale

Site section at 1:500 scale

Site section at 1:500 scale

Detailed section and elevation

Visualisations

3_AXIS

Located in Balloch, Scotland, the residential retreat and performance hall will help children with a difficult family backgrounds reconnect with the nature and their surroundings. Seeking similarities between musical harmony, space and human body it is my intention to create a place of escape and contribute to childrens mental health through the interaction with my building, nature and music practice.

Site Plan 1_200

The site for the project is a cross point of three axis: Axis of journey, axis of escape and public/private axis. Laid out in an east-westerly direction, the building responds to its surroundings in a number of ways. The location of the buildings not only benefits from breathtaking views, but also is a part of environmental strategy. In order to achieve energy self-sufficiency, the project of a residential retreat is based on passive use of solar energy.

Floor plans of the Residential Retreat 1_200

The closer to the river edge the more private is the program of the residential retreat.

Perspective cross section of the residential retreat 1_50

The bridge in-between the two buildings is accessible from the sun space of the residential retreat creating the connection to the performance hall and practice rooms.

The Voids

The voids spread throughout the height and length of the building finished with a south facing roof lights act as light wells. The roof windows allow a flood of an unobstructed light that allow a natural light penetration far into the floor plan. The roof light enclosure, ceiling and some walls of the upper floors are painted white to strengthen the illumination by providing strong first reflections. The light reaches the timber panelling of the first and second floor and cast a warm glow throughout the bridges that lead children to their flats.

Flexible Comfort

The flexible system of the partition walls within the cloisters gives the opportunity for every kid to feel comfortable in the residence. The rooms are also designed in a way to provide enough space for the instrument practice.

The sun room

At the south part of communal areas, there is a large sunspace stretching across the south-west facade. It serves several functions from a pleasant place of botanical discoveries to a dreamlike meeting and circulation space. Moreover, it forms a buffer space able to capture heat during winter. The open floor plan allows flexibility and facilities the distribution of the warm air to the communal areas.

In-between

The performance building is conceived more as a pavilion in the park than a classic urban building, more like a roof protecting a public space. The polycarbonate skin allows the sun to penetrate the building, reaching the exposed rammed earth walls that surround the main event space. During winter the thermal mass walls absorb the passive solar energy and slowly release their heat into the interior of the event space reducing the heat demand. The skin of the building allows continuity between the structure and the park, without giving up a certain privacy for the activities that take place inside. Seen from outside, during the day, the translucent skin of the building appears sculptural and does not make the immediate visual communication between the interior and exterior possible; at night, this situation is reversed and the interior becomes perceptible from the outside.

To perform

The secondary structure of the roof consists of thin and deep LVL beams which bring a diffused sun light within the space the whole year round. The primary structure accommodates the lightening and sound equipment.

Amphibious

A public performance hall and floating residential retreat for young musicians. Building for transience and commitment to the community through a duet of extreme difference.

Floating Residential Retreat

Public and Private route through the site

Balloch town when residential building has departed into Loch Lommond and Location Plan: Journey from Railway to Loch.

Sited in the centre of Balloch town, the scheme acts as a gateway to Loch Lommond and The Trossachs national park, defining a new town square along the soft boundary of the river.

Visualisations of journey through the site

From train ride to public space, through performance to safety and privacy in nature. Balloch is the remnants of a fractured journey from steam train to steam boat up to the highlands. This project creates a new journey away from the urban.

Floating Residential Docked in Balloch

Retreats being of temporary nature have informed the architecture to be transient. Departing from the performance hall which remains a place making, accessible public asset to the town.

Elevation towards loch

The scheme is a duet of two buildings that require close physical proximity yet an extreme difference in privacy.

Water as a soft boundary for privacy

Residential Plans and Sections

The residential retreat is able to float due to a steel tubular pontoon and uses systems such as: rain water harvesting, passive ventilation and underfloor heating supplied by a closed-loop water source heat pump. Easily deconstructed as a post and beam frame, natural insulation and sheets of zinc to be recycled and reused.

Technical Detail Section

a view from the residence

encapsulating the sense of journey from the residential towards the performnace hall, sitting out in the landscape.

the space between

a sense of the enclosed and intimate environment of the residential retreat with its subtle hints of connections to broader landscape.

the site

a representation of the jurney and connection between the residential and performnace.

residential atmosphere

a study of the intimate yet lively atmosphere of the residential portion of the scheme.

residential form

a representation of the costal influence on form, material choice and colour and scale.

a residential detail

an exploration of material and form: a CLT structure.

The scale of the scheme

a more accurate sense of scale of the journey between the residence and performance hall, across the pier and into the water.

modelling the performnace hall

an exploration of the simplicity of structure and transparancy of material- this space is exposed and honest.

a performance detail

an indepth exploration of the layers of structure and material that this building endeavours to make apparent in its design.

Site axonometric

Perspective section of the retreat

Sections of the performance hall

Perspective of the complex

Perspective of the performance hall

Axonometric structure

The bubble musical center

This project concerns a music center in Ballock comprising rehearsal rooms, an auditorium and accommodation for young musicians coming for internships. The idea here was to achieve an architecture which would reduce the carbon footprint as much as possible. I thought of one of my trips to Sicily (Italy) where I discovered very large ovens resembling large igloos used to produce handcrafted terracotta. These shapes are designed to minimize heat loss. This is why my project explores these unusual forms.

The bubble musical center

The bubble musical center

The bubble musical center

Little Venice of Cadiz

This project aims to respond to a future rise of sea level due to global warming. It is located in the lagoon of Cadiz. This Zone of Spain would be most affected by the rising waters because the level of land is very low. I therefore propose a partly floating village and partly on stilts This floating district is organized around a market on stilts. The inhabitants around the market sell fish, fruits and vegetables as well as products of marine culture (mussels, oysters and algae) in the market open to visitors. All these products can be consumed on site in small restaurants around the market forming small islands with panoramic views of the lagoon. Everything is produced by residents of the floating village, in floating greenhouses and fish and seaweed farming parks located around the dwellings. Leisure facilities can also be found in the district for inhabitants and to attract visitors from Cadiz: A volleyball court and a football field are provided as well as changing rooms and meeting rooms and small indoor sports halls. At the end of the district, there is an artificial beach of a unique shape reserved to bathers. Each home is designed: . to have maximum energy independence and a certain intimacy; . An external personal space sheltered from the sun; . And a pontoon to dock a boat Rainwater is collected by a steep roof, then directed to tanks located under the houses. Each unit has its wind turbine in order to produce its own energy as well as solar panels placed on the roofs.

Watercolour

Topographical Model

1:1000. Produced in order to gain a deeper understanding of landscape to harmoniously place my project within

Geological Sectional Study

1:10000. Acrylic & Steel

Capture the Landscape

Sketch model exploring how the architecture could frame the landscape.

Final Model

1:250

Final Model

1:250

nestled in context

creativity occupying space

home away from home

Music Retreat

The combination of a residential and performance space is captured within the landscape of Balloch. Its beautiful surroundings remain interrupted with the buildings matching the tranquil setting. The juxtaposition of the buildings catches the eye of by passers and lures them in for more.

Interaction

The way the buildings interact with one another is portrayed in this social scene. An open private space connects the two buildings together, allowing the children to interact with one another and remain in a safe space.

The Site

Accommodation Section

Bedroom View

Bedroom View

Performance Hall Section

Performance Hall View

Site Section

Citadel Communities Block 1 in Proposed District.

The Citadel Community encourages as many domestic, production and commercial tasks to be performed in groups, by providing a variety of large functional spaces that surround a central gathering space - like the layout of Islamic Citadels. The dwellings are organized based on individual and group activities and the many terraces surrounding them provide opportunities to socialize and grow as a community.

Citadel Communities - District in Context.

Glasgow faces the challenge of finding ways to function more sustainably and create less waste whilst housing and providing work for an expanding population. By encouraging communities to live in organized neighborhoods whereby neighbors can support each other with domestic and laborious processes: resources can be shared amongst many citizens and waste can be reduced.

Citadel Communities Block 1 and Residential Cells.

The ‘Acoma Pueblo’ in New Mexico housed a society that lived harmoniously with each other and the natural world. Emphasis is put on spaces where domestic and production activities were performed in groups, these are shared by many multi-level dwellings which are efficiently organized. These layouts have informed the separation of activities in the residential cells of the Citadel Community and allowed more space for public, commercial and production areas throughout all the levels of Block 1.

Citadel Communities - Section through Block 1.

The physical

The void in between

The digital

Urban Nomads

An portable apartment for freelancing labour

Overview

Community

Glasgow Grand Opera House

West facade

Opera Hall

East facade

Perspective

View into courtyard

The proposed project is a multi-generational live-in workers’ cooperative for those who are most at risk in the current capitalist housing model. Residents act as custodians of the building, allowing them to live there in exchange for the labour required to run the cooperative. The flexible scheme emphasises residents’ growth, which is achieved through gaining diverse skills from a variety of responsibilities. The flats are designed for short-term residency - a few months up to a couple of years - with a simple grid design to keep them cost-effective. Shared social spaces and a diverse community foster a friendly, communal atmosphere.

View along deck

View into flat

Flat typologies

The flats are all variants of the base (cell) layout, with adaptations for different types of inhabitants, intended for short-term occupation. The typologies are assorted across the plan to create a diversity of tenants. The simple gridded layout allows for low cost but high-quality dual-aspect flats.

Occupancy relationships

The variety of activities across the site create interdependencies and a very localised community.

Human-Machine Interaction

The Thesis Project speculates on the impacts of AI, the robotization of labour market and the growing inclination towards automation and replacement of human jobs by machines, as well as seeking to define new parameters for a post-capitalist society through the design of a new typology building which combines a ‘human’ and ‘machine’ programme.

Antwerp and its port

Over the years, Antwerp’s identity and territorial expansion has been strongly connected with its port (ranked second in Europe after Rotterdam) representing the main economic driver for the city and the whole Flemish region (approximately 10% of the GDP and a total of 140.000 in between direct and indirect employees).

Race to automation

The race to productivity, efficiency and international competitiveness of today societies, is leading the Port of Antwerp to invest more and more into new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), drones, self-driving vehicles, automated cranes and many others; a tendency poised to change not only the logistics and shipping industry but also other sectors.

Future Port of AntwerpFuture Port of Antwerp

Antwerp World Expo 2055 | Poster and Tour Map

The proposal is set in a future scenario (2055) where Antwerp will be hosting the World Expo, an international exhibition designed to celebrate the achievements of the future automated Port of Antwerp. The event will lead to the construction of a new Institutional building located in the fraction of water separating the city and port area, establishing a new dialogue between the machine and human environment.

Building program

The building design takes the shape of a tower acting both as a gate to the port as well as the culminating entity of Het Eljiande district cultural axis, dominating Antwerp’ skyline and the former Port Authority. The building programme includes: . Data centre, digital infrastructure governing the automated port (machine); . Leisure, education and expo activities to entertain Antwerp’ citizens and visitors (human); . Cable car station as the new transport link between the tower and remaining Expo buildings in the locks; . Drone port occupied by drones whose purpose is to monitor the port landscape; These two main blocks are detached by a central atrium bringing light in and allowing drones to move freely.

Section

The section suggest Structurally, the building is defined by a modular layout in the south-side block due to the scalability and change in size of the data centre, while the north-side block is characterized by a hybrid truss system, allowing big open spaces for flexible and adaptable uses in order to respond to people needs and requests. To conclude, the two concrete cores stabilize the entire structure crowned by a system of 3d printers, cranes and robotic arms which automate its own construction.

Data Centre

The building environmental strategy foresees the reuse of exhausted heating produced by the data centre into leisure activities such as the swimming pool, sauna and showers or energy supply for the rest of the building. Therefore, this new sustainable data centre concept strives to transform this high energy-consuming typology into an energy-producing resource for communities to generate their own power.

Entrance view

01_AXONOMETRIC STUDY_ Existing Site

02_ANTWERP PLAN_ Block ‘Pitting’

03_STUDY MODEL_ Existing Site

04_LOCATION PLAN_ Site//Gentrification Band//Park Spoor Nord

05_CONCEPT MODEL_ Existing Site

06_CONCEPT MODEL_ Cut

07_CONCEPT MODEL_ Carve

08_PLAN_ Ground Floor

09_ELEVATION STUDY_ Repurposed Brick Infill Panel on Timber Frame

10_STUDY MODEL_ Subtract//Add//Reuse

Infrastructure as performance

Concept Collage

Entrance Elevation

Elevated View

Facade View

Site Plan

Layered Facade

Facade at Night

Integration of Services

Oscillations

The proposal is a town hall which brings together private ‘introverted’ functions with ‘extroverted’ community engagement spaces. Spanning 4 sites across a residential and industrial block, the buildings create a ‘corridor’ of space which bridges the two programmes and allows users to move between introverted and extroverted spaces. This ‘oscillation’ between part and whole is enabled through spatial flexibility, so that users from each programme can experience a balance of environments. Assembly studies have informed the development of specific architectural ‘formats’ for shifting occupation.

Filtering Boundaries

An organisational strategy of vertically and horizontally interlocking spaces has been used to structure the negotiation between programmes. While event spaces allow users of the introverted programme to depart from their familiar environment and connect with resonant extroverted activity, spaces for daily activities reverse this order, allowing members of the community to enter the introverted spaces. Both typologies permit different levels of exposure to support a balanced coexistence between users. These ‘grades’ of connection are enabled through movable screens which filter visual, thermal and acoustic levels.

Interstitial Spaces

Using the constraint of the two edges enclosing the site, the proposal operates on the local scale and that of the broader urban context. Site investigations in Antwerp highlighted the disparity between extroverted new developments and modest residential territories. Situated in a site of particular tension, the building mediates between these scales. This condition is framed to encourage movement between contrasting environments. Rather than removing boundaries and thresholds, the thesis takes the position that proximity and tension between opposites can be utilised to create co-dependency.

Shifting Configurations

A key criteria for the spaces which allow contrasting users to oscillate between introverted and extroverted environments is the practicality to accommodate changing application. The ‘fine tuning’ of divides between spaces is critical in enabling a connected experience, without impacting functionality. In the event and daily activity spaces, moving partitions allow the balance between experiential involvement and detachment to be calibrated. To enable shifts in ownership, these divides can also take on a variety of spatial and environmental configurations.

Spatial Impressions

While the upper level of each building in the proposal are separate from the extroverted ground floor plane, the lower strata can afford varied degrees of openness and connection to the surroundings. The system of movable partitions is configured specifically to each building, and can be raised or lowered to divide or expand spaces. As a device for controlling levels of exposure, the panels operate at a micro level, whereas fold-able doors along the urban corridor work on the macro level. Movements between part and whole are moderated from the scale of an individual space to the scale of each building in order to control the balance between introverted and extroverted environments.

Concept collage of design thesis: ‘Act Natural’

Principles of nature have been followed throughout the design process. Situated in the university campus, the thesis proposal uses the design of an Innovation Research Centre for Biomimicry to provide opportunity for the following: To create more opportunities for biomimetic design which accommodates a cross-culture of disciplines which all take inspiration from the natural world to solve contemporary problems. To bring nature back into the city and increase biodiversity. To create soft touch and sympathetic architecture. To explore natural and organic forms in the design.

Green Space Analysis

With 15m² of public greenery per inhabitant and only 14% of the ground surface being soft urban landscape, Antwerp’s medieval centre has the lowest percentage of green area.

Urban Strategy

The proposed Innovation Centre for biomimicry is connected with The Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp located at the zoo and botanic garden. Green corridors have been introduced for nature highways, linking up existing green areas in the city.

Site Analysis

Study of existing species found on site and target species to be reintroduced.

Key plans

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Cross Section

From left to right, the section describes the two storey accommodation block, three storey research and design facility, shared atrium café, below ground lecture theatre, prototyping hall and workshop facility.

Elevations

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View through the building

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Workshop and prototyping space

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Close up elevation and section

Notwithstanding the decision to design out artificial strategies through material specification, structural design, environmental design and services, the buildings naturalness becomes most apparent in the greening of the external envelope.

Axonometric of design proposal

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Pain and Glory

Movie poster design for the movie "Pain and Glory" a film where Almodovar reflects on the choices he's made in life.

Persona

Design for the movie 'Persona' the film is an exploration of duality, insanity and personal identity

Persona alternative

Design for the movie 'Persona' the film is an exploration of duality, insanity and personal identity

The Virtue of Water and Salt (of the earth)

Deriving it’s name from a chapter featured in John Graham Dalyell’s 1834 work ‘The Darker Superstition’s of Scotland’, 'The Virtue of Water and Salt (of the earth)’ is an ongoing project. Belief in superstition has long been characterised as a sign of ‘low-intelligence’, and associated with societies most marginalised groups, such as the lower-classes, people with marginalised genders/identities, and people of colour. Superstition has arguably also played an important role in the lives of those who could not access essential yet costly amenities, from herbal remedies in place of the services of a costly doctor, to folk tales, impractical-practical advice and genuine reasons to socially interact with one another. This project aims to explore this second, less spoken of side to superstition.

The Virtue of Water and Salt (of the earth)

The Virtue of Water and Salt (of the earth)

A sketchbook example.

Invisible Place/Hidden Cities

‘Invisible Place/Hidden Cities’ ‘Invisible Place/Hidden Cities’, developed after reading Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, was an exploration of the role of lanes and alleyways within cities and places. I had become interested in whether lanes, in their overgrown and neglected state, often served as a more truthful reflection of the goings on in the area they are located than the better-groomed roads and streets which encased them. The final series, depicted here, sought to articulate the feeling of being stood in a lane, where it is almost always slightly dark and claustrophbically narrow, cluttered with weeds, forgotten objects and discrete happenings, which are seldom tidied up as they would be elsewhere. They sought to ask the viewer whether the events and stories (good, bad and secret) which occur within them could happen anywhere but the enclosed space of a lane, or are they where these occurrences seek refuge, away from open spaces and prying eyes.

Invisible Place/Hidden Cities

‘Invisible Place/Hidden Cities’ ‘Invisible Place/Hidden Cities’, developed after reading Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, was an exploration of the role of lanes and alleyways within cities and places. I had become interested in whether lanes, in their overgrown and neglected state, often served as a more truthful reflection of the goings on in the area they are located than the better-groomed roads and streets which encased them. The final series, depicted here, sought to articulate the feeling of being stood in a lane, where it is almost always slightly dark and claustrophbically narrow, cluttered with weeds, forgotten objects and discrete happenings, which are seldom tidied up as they would be elsewhere. They sought to ask the viewer whether the events and stories (good, bad and secret) which occur within them could happen anywhere but the enclosed space of a lane, or are they where these occurrences seek refuge, away from open spaces and prying eyes.

A sketchbook example.

Of All My Mother’s Who Came Before

An illustrated book, whose contents explored the anonymity, presence and locality of one of my Great Grandmother’s, who had passed away just three years older than myself on the time of writing. ‘Of All My Mother’s Who Came Before’ is a book concerning familiarity and presence of predecessor’s and those who went before.

Of All My Mother’s Who Came Before

Of All My Mother’s Who Came Before

Of All My Mother’s Who Came Before

An illustrated book, whose contents explored the anonymity, presence and locality of one of my Great Grandmother’s, who had passed away just three years older than myself on the time of writing. ‘Of All My Mother’s Who Came Before’ is a book concerning familiarity and presence of predecessor’s and those who went before.

Absences and Invertibrates

Unfinished Saltcoats Labour Social Club Documentary

An Unintentional Community

This project explores community and sustainability on the Isle of Eigg, one of the four small isles of the Scottish Inner Hebrides. In February 2020 I visited the island and found a welcoming and determined community whose values align with much of what I feel is important. It is a community that harvests, respects the environment, is resourceful, and is considerate of others. Indeed, as we become more reflective on our way of life and consider the impact of our actions on our infrastructure and the environment, it seems we could all look to communities like Eigg as a source of inspiration. Perhaps now more than ever, considering the affects that Covid-19 pandemic is having on our society, we could benefit greatly from adopting a similar attitude to the people I met from Eigg. My interest in the island was sparked by my flatmate Rhona Brown, a product design student, who was researching Eigg’s ocean waste. The aim of her project was to empower the community by finding value in the materials that washed up on their shores. She had asked me to accompany her to document her trip (and probably provide a bit of moral support during the interviews she had planned!) This prompted me to invest some time into my own research which led me to learn about this truly unique island. The island came to be community owned in 1997 after a crowd funding project and the support of a mystery benefactor. Since then, the island has developed the infrastructure to generate and supply their own energy. Due to this success, they are no longer connected to the national grid and 95% of the energy they produce is renewable. This means they are self-sufficient without relying on mainland energy supplies, which I believe is a great example of their values and spirit. Living on an island comes with unique set of issues, some of which we learnt a lot about through meeting with locals. For example, the community organise beach clean ups finding ways to collect and recycle or dispose of waste that washes up on their shores, mainly from fishing boats. Only residents are allowed to have vehicles on the island and it isn’t very easy to get a new one over there. This means nothing working would be left unused. In fields and beach-side, there were old vehicles that had clearly been repeatedly repaired but had finally been cannibalised for parts. The care shown for the island, and the environment in general, is infectious. Volunteers come from all over the world to spend time working with islanders on environmental and conservation projects. I met Andreas, from Germany, who was working with Catherine and Pascal at their willow farm. Their craft sees them busy all year round, growing and harvesting willow to make into wicker baskets to sell internationally. One thing that resonated with me during a conversation with one of the islanders, is that most of the people who have moved there have not done so to live with the other individuals on the island. She described them as an ‘unintentional community’ who happen to share the island. They don’t always agree but they work it out and move on. A few people said to me that to live there, you don’t have a choice but to speak your mind, or else you’d go mad. I found the people to be honest and down-to-earth. They were humbly aware that they could not be, and wouldn’t want to be, the mouth piece for every islander because everyone had something different to say. This project is still very much in development, I had planned to return to Eigg to continue my research, but unfortunately I had to cancel due to the lockdown. Such a unique island could not have been captured in just one trip and so the project is very much on hold with a view to finishing as soon as I can return safely. Presented here is a selection of my photographs from my visit in February. I am excited to expand on this work and hope to eventually make a book that would document this unique place and inspiring community.

Part of the Furniture'

Part of the Furniture' is an investigation into the objectification of the female body and how best to challenge this when photographing a nude. The series aims to playfully criticise the way in which the female body is often treated as an object in popular culture imagery, as well as within art. The photographs, staged in the models’ home, depict nude female figures amongst objects typically found in a domestic setting. Sometimes the body connects with the objects to suggest a useable function. Other times the body mirrors the shapes or lines seen within the space. The arrangements suggest parity between the objects and the body, while the surreal sets poke fun at the notion that they could be in any way the same. It was important to use a home setting to consider broader issues, such as the expectations of women in the home, that still exist for some today. The final image depicts the women confronting the camera and, in turn, the viewer. Although the images are playful, the core message, that the way in which the female figure is objectified is fundamentally ridiculous, remains. After creating the photo series, I felt my ideas would have further impact if the photos themselves were literally objectified. I did this through making a set that would symbolise a domestic setting, but wouldn’t directly mimic one. I chose two photos from the series and mounted them onto furniture to reinforce the notion of objectification. The furniture itself has been altered and the carpet stretches from the floor all the way up the walls. The picture frame remains empty. The uncanny set highlights the absurd nature of objectifying the female body while reflecting something not dissimilar to what one sees in popular imagery today.

The In Between

Covid-19 has had a global impact, the effects of which most individuals have in common. It has caused everyone to have to pause and reflect. Some have also had to re-evaluate how they can continue to function as best as possible during national and international lockdowns. My peers and I have found our final year at art school cut short. We have been left in between student-hood and the ‘real world’, forced to graduate prematurely yet not able to throw ourselves into the next stage of our lives. Although this is difficult, it is important to remember that we are not the only ones being affected, every individual is stuck in their own kind of in between. This ongoing photo series, depicts quiet observations of my surroundings during lockdown. Taken at twilight, the time in between day and night, the stillness and emptiness is amplified. The photos aim to echo the current climate we all find ourselves in. I hope my project resonates with everyone as we all figure out this common place of ‘The In Between’.

X

Series of experimental animations exploring movement with sound and space, and the shifting connotations of the letter x. Throughout history, the ancient letter has symbolised a myriad of different meanings. However, one use remains prevalent, its simultaneous ability for its meaning to be substituted for anything, and also represent a complete lack of anything. From there I explored our obsession with the unknown, the existential reality that we may just not be that important. The experiments not only manipulated the formation and possible movements of the letter, but introduced factors of sound and space in an attempt to research how the letter would interact. I included the sounds of the Voyager golden records, a strange arrangement of beeps and buzzes that when decode reveal images and information of life on earth. I also played with plinths, gauze and projection to bring the experiments into the living realm so that they may be experienced again in a new way.

InPractice

InPractice is a quarterly journal that bridges the gap between graphic design/typographic theory and practical design principles. The journal is dotted with interviews and shorter articles from both designers and writers broken up by longer essay features. The essays have been reformatted for a journal friendly setting to allow easier reading and an aesthetically digestable experience from readers of all backgrounds.

X

Responsive X animation to Golden Records audio.

Un-useless (environmental)

As part of a brief exploring the art of Chindogu (objects designed for a specific individual need that would in practicality serve no real use), I developed a set of site specific vinyl signage. Inspired by Otl Aicher's signage system, I employed typical shapes, objects and figures found in common signage and began to manipulate their place in the environment, encouraging an ironic playfulness that causes the viewer to look again. The use of the Univers typeface offered a utilitarian and commonplace type to further subvert.

Un-useless (branding)

This identity system is for use in a fictional exhibition showcasing objects from various designers and artists that subvert the utilitarian uses and social relevance of everyday objects. Following from the vinyl signage experiments, promotional elements for the exhibition as well as a logo was developed. The exhibition title is inspired from an interview with original Chindogu artist Kenji Kawakami in which he describes his inventions as 'un-useless'. The sound as well as the grammatical formation of the word is an ideal indicator for the absurdity of these inventions and encapsulates the retaliation of conformity found in the objects included in the exhibition. A continued sense of fun and irony is included in the brand as the wonky dash and signage icons becomes characters in themselves, subverting the order and use of posters and banners. Even the printed material becomes objects of interference. A leaflet too big to handle and a poster that spreads its message through tear away stubs that ultimately lead to its demise integrates the brand irony further.

Un-useless (brand)

Poster developments

Un-useless (brand)

Poster tear-away stub

FATHER

FATHER is a book containing works by photographer Harley Weir exploring the complexities and beauty of masculinity. The cover uses bespoke lettering I created for the project highlighted in a pale pink foil, I chose to explore this kind of lettering to evoke the feelings of childishness that resonates with the title along with the rich, sumptuous forms within the content. May 2019

POLLUTED

Polluted is a photo-series that attempts to portray water pollution through the use of chemicals from around the home on film negatives to represent possible contaminants our waterways are exposed to. April 2019.

GIRLS AGAINST

The charitable organisation Girls Against held a competition to design the cover art of their first fundraiser compilation vinyl. I designed the winning entry that consisted of a lino cut design depicting a powerful woman surrounded by grabbing hands. I felt this design was appropriate as the organisation aims to raise awareness and fight against sexual harassment and assault at gigs. August 2018.

LOST

Lost was the penultimate project from my foundation year at Arts University Bournemouth. It focuses on my Granddad’s time in Vietnam and attempts to embody how his alzheimers may have effected the memories of his time there. I chose this particular time period after discovering a scrap book he had made that ducumented his time away with the Army supplying a rich variety of source material pertaining to one particular period in his life. The book utilises blank space along with damaged pages to enhance the curated and edited images to try and immerse the viewer in the disintegrating memories of a person with dementia. May 2016.

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PERSEPHONE

Persephone was a self directed print making project that resulted in the creation and sale of t-shirts on Everpress. This lino cut attempts to portray the Greek myth of Persephone’s descent into the underworld and her transformation into a queen. August 2019

GARDEN OF CHAOS

Garden of Chaos is a new magazine that aims to showcase Middle-Eastern countries, fashion, art, history and culture to a worldwide audience. This project is still in its infancy with final outcomes still in the process of being refined and developed. The desired logo is intended to be a modern play on Hieronymus Bosch style illustration and medieval Arabic manuscripts creating an intricate sigil for the reader to decipher. Ongoing

WARP AND WEFT

This project portrays the human mind as a delicate fabric prone to fraying creating a metaphor for cognitive disorders such as Alzheimers and dementia. I created a series of woven images from family photos of loved ones with dementia that aim to give the viewer an insight into the issues that come with loss of memory and the subsequent loss of self. September 2019

DAD

DAD is a font that has been taken directly out of the notebook my father keeps to aid his memory and transferred onto the digital plain. It was born out of the observed deterioration of his handwriting as his condition progressed, creating a visual embodiment of the often unnoticed early stages of Benson’s syndrome. March 2020

Ongoing series of still images part of a documentary titled '60, Seconds out',examining the semiotic structures of a boxing club as environment and of boxing as practice involving the body. Focusing on details such as sweat, fibres and pores, this photographic series aims to convey an intimate and sensory experience of boxing. The images, deliberately generated ‘in-between’ rounds lasting exactly 60 seconds, records the unique effects of boxing training on the individual as a suspension of time. From close-up portraits to contextualising environmental shots, ‘60, Seconds Out’ intends to offer a visual access into the Language of a boxing club. I consider this project as being in collaboration with the members of the Kelvin Amateur Boxing Club in Govanhill, Glasgow, whom kindly welcomed me.

Robbie after sparring

Glasgow 1980

Videos I put together for 'Work in Progress' exhibition

Research

Initial research behind project looking at poems and old family photo albums

Look 1

Cropped suit jacket inspired by photographs of my mum in the 80s with a white nylon romper.

Look 2

Distorted jacket inspired by photograph of my Grandad with exaggerated high waisted tailored trousers.

Look 3

Exaggerated tracksuit jacket with cut out details exposing yellow nylon lining. Inspired by photographs of my older sisters.

Look 4

Ruched sleeve rain jacket with scarf detail inspired by a Glaswegian football player and the fans scarves.

Look 5

Tracksuit with 70s collar and exposed print detail and distorted flare trousers.

Look 6

Pinstripe shirt with 70s collar and ruched waistband inspired by photographs of my parents in the 70s and 80s.

Line Up

Final Line-up featuring Raymond Depardon's photographs of Glasgow in 1980

Accessories Research

Accessories project inspired by the headscarves and shopping bags seen in photographs of old women in the 80s.

BIKE FRAME BAG

The COVID-19 situation is a crisis and challenge effecting the whole of us. Trough this pandemic creatives had to find new ways of making, marketing and distributing products. These have to provide safety and purpose. Isabell put her own gtraduation collection on hold to help make medical scrubs during the lockdown period. This also led to exploring smaller projects like these commuter bags to provide a product with a deeper meaning and function. Sustainablitly is a key element in Isabells designs. The prototype bags were made out of left over calico, retiered yoga matt, retiered tent fabric and secondhand zips.

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BIKE FRAME BAG

Fashion Collection: Sherpa and the Altidude

Looking at my previous research from a new angle led to a curiosity for the Sherpas in the Himalayas. I want to explore the impact of the commercialization of Mount Everest on the Sherpas, their families and their environment. Mass excursions force the mountain to drown in garbage and their locals to suffer from the impact on their water and ecosystem. But in the same moment there’s the need for heavy tourism to keep their economy going. These conditions put extra danger and responsibilities on the Sherpas. I want to express how a change in clothing and functional outerwear provides the Sherpas with more protection, but conversely increases accessibility to inexperienced or amateur mountaineers with life-saving clothing/ gear. This in turn feeds into the commercialization of high-altitude mountaineering. (Altidude aka. privileged adventure tourist driven by his amateur financial impetus to be one of the best mountaineers in a once in a life time excursion.)

Fashion Collection: Sherpa and the Altidude

Fashion Collection: Sherpa and the Altidude

The Sherpa and the Altidude

The Sherpa and the Altidude

The Sherpa and the Altidude

HISTORICAL TRAUMA / 15 400 PIECES

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PAUSE OR PAY

Age of Experience

EEG-VR wearing concept / Illustrator

Age of Experience

Virtual garden illustration / Illustrator

Age of Experience

Virtual garden illustration / pencil, colour pencil

Age of Experience

Virtual garden / Unity

Age of Experience

Brainwaves / Muse lab

Patterns of Play-

Print of a match between Rafael Nadal and Rodger Federer in the 2008 Monte Carlos final.

Patterns of Play Documentation video

Video documentation of how the artist created his work, exploring the technology and thinking that went in to finalising the piece

Patterns of Play

Still image of the prints on display

Patterns of Play

Image of how the prints compare to live tennis matches

Motion Capture Tennis

A motion capture experiment of a point between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martín del Potro in the Wimbledon 2018 Quater-Final

Objects in Liminal Space

Documentation of design research in liminal space.

Sculpture of the Machine

Digital computer aided design model of 3D printed sculpture.

Portrait of the Machine 1

Machine learning algorithm image output from self-portrait sequence.

Portrait of the Machine 2

Machine learning algorithm image output from self-portrait sequence.

Uncanny Artifact

Digital computer aided design model of 3D printed sculpture.

Teapot Head

Digital computer aided design model of 3D printed sculpture.

Wire Experiment

Wire Experiment

Proposed Sculpture (untitled)

Genesis, Neuromancer, Gamer Theory - framed prints

Genesis - detail

Sixty Minutes in Minecraft - detail

Sixty Minutes in Minecraft - framed drawings

Experimentation Documentation

Development Sketch

(t)ether work in progress

Mockups

Mockups of Final Outcome

Hand Sketches

Valentine

From 'Conversation' series

Ankita

From 'Conversation' series

'Conversation' series

This series is a study of gestures taken from a set of interviews.

Hand Held

Looking through history, people have labelled different hand positions and movements, through symbolism within cultures and specific moments in time. Furthermore, how people have progressively shifted their hand behaviours through the age of personal devices. Our hands have adapted physically to its new demands. Taking selfies and holding a portable device in your hand has become the new norm and what body language culture has spawned from this era.

LeftLeft

A cast of a left hand which has been 3D modelled and then laser cut

“What do you think about ghosts?”- 1

series is the study of people's hand movements when responding to the question “What do you think about ghosts?”.

“What do you think about ghosts?”- 2

This series is the study of people's hand movements when responding to the question “What do you think about ghosts?”.-

Beyond Flatpack Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Modularity

Machine learning/trained print

Beyond Flatpack Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Modularity

Print

Beyond Flatpack Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Modularity

Print

Beyond Flatpack Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Modularity

Print

Beyond Flatpack Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Modularity

Print

Beyond Flatpack Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Modularity

3D render

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3D render

Beyond Flatpack Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Modularity

3D render

Beyond Flatpack Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Modularity

3D printed models

Rust

When we take images using our phones we typically take them in bursts and select the best ones for social media. This is explored in Rust where taking a memorable day from her own phone she has used machine learning to generate artificial beach imagery to imitate existing memories which she has planted within the grid of a camera roll. As we scroll through our camera roll would we notice that false images had been placed amongst the burst? What else could be suggested to us?

Jamais Vu

In Jamais Vu images are generated based on social media status updates which others have publicly reposted and shared through memory apps. These images were then framed and staged within her own home as sentimental photographs would be. The frames are placed above artificial flowers next to a family clock which has stopped working. While the scene may seem ordinary in passing, on closer inspection may appear odd.

Michael (desktop computer) displaying the Chrome extension that replaces technology related words such as computer, machine, CPU etc. with their humanised counterparts.

Screenshot of the same extension replacing words on a webpage.

Sample of the extension's code done in Atom.

Screenshot of extension working on webpage.

Processing sketch that causes a popup to appear on screen whenever there is an attempt to close the window.

Hosting Focus Groups

Through hosting creative activity-based workshops, I have been collecting honest, first-hand experiences from young people in relation to their mental health. Using the information gathered from these activities and discussions I determined 3 key themes; medication, barriers to accessing support and stigma. Using these themes, I have been developing a series of works.

Medication

From discussions that took place during the focus groups, it became evident that young people consider mental health support and care to feel very clinical. In particular, participants commented on feeling ill-informed, anxious and confused about the use and role of medication on their treatment. This work is a visual interpretation of these discussions. Using machine learning to generate fictional medication names, I have been designing and assembling my own medication packaging. My intention is for this packaging to be convincing and mistaken for real prescription medications, thus highlighting how trivial and alien medication names, and the role of such medications, can feel to a young person.

Barriers to Accessing Support

For this study I have been working with one young person to develop an augmented reality application that communicates some of the barriers they have encountered when accessing support for their mental health. The main challenge this young person faced was consistently relying on telephone communication to access such services – something they found impossible due to the nature of their anxiety. Using the AR application, audio and animations are activated when visual triggers are detected. These visual triggers are fictional correspondence inspired by the real correspondence the young person received - one of the most significant being a self-referral card. While a self-referral system might seem practical for service delivery, and can even seem insignificant to others, it can be a huge barrier to some users who need to access the service. In this work I hope to communicate the emotional implications of such systems and how they can be counter-productive for young people in the treatment of mental ill-health.

Stigma

Stigma is still a significant barrier when it comes to young people talking openly about their mental health. When a young person experiences stigma they can begin to feel their mental health condition defines who they are. Using the Tobii eye-tracker and Processing I have been developing an interactive installation that features video interviews of three young people talking about their experiences of mental ill-health and associated stigma. These video interviews are initially distorted with stigmatising phrases the young person has experienced. When the eye-tracker detects that someone is gazing at the display the video becomes less distorted – and the user begins to ‘see’ the person beneath the stigma and hear their story.

This exploded isometric illustrates the scale of the building with its layered interior, rooftop garden bar and natural surroundings within Glasgow’s vibrant city centre.

An illustrative map shows The River Hotel and Clyde Gin Bar in relation to the surrounding city centre along with main connection routes to North, South, East and West of Glasgow.

The River Hotel’s façade boasts natural stonework shown in this 2D visual seen alongside The Clyde Gin Bar, the only public space throughout the hotel accessed from its exclusive riverside frontage.

The entrance foyer makes use of natural light which floods this stylish yet functional space. With self-check in screens, 24/7 lobby desk and grand staircase, The River Hotel is bound to make a great first impression.

This section cuts through the Clyde Gin Bar showcasing booth seating to outward facing windows for views of the clyde, feature copper horseshoe bar and atmospheric private booth seating area towards the rear.

The Clyde Gin Bar is all about immersing yourself in local Scottish gins and how they are made. With 1:1 gin tasting experience you will learn about the botanicals used in each gin to their accompanying perfect serve. A smaller bar makes for a more intimate learning experience, creating a personal relationship between customers and staff.

The River Hotel has been designed to create an experience for every customer while being aesthetically focused, generating a range of atmospheres throughout. As they journey through the building, the interior will encourage visitors to reflect in its quirky corridors before they cross the boundary to their own private space.

These sections showcase the Main Suite and all it has to offer. Section A displays the spacious sleeping area and its connection to the luxurious en-suite, although not completely closed off the use of materials creates a balanced divide between these two areas. Section B shows the lavished dressing area with bespoke archways housing wardrobe, shelving and vanity unit featured in all rooms. These arches are a reference the buildings architecture which is a key inspiration throughout the hotels design.

A section of the guest only lounge on the third floor, accompanied by a roof top bar area. Creating an exclusive space for only guests. The space is multi-functional, a lounge area during the day to the exclusive booths to be used for private use at night. The roof top bar offers amazing views of the city and a vital connection with the river.

Message

visual

Contract

video

Concept Video

video

Longitudinal Section

visual

Floor Plans

visual

Elevations 2D

visual

Sauchiehall Street

visual

Renfrew Street

visual

Project Concept Poster

Concept poster for The Wheatsheaf Hotel and Cook School, which expresses brand ethos and materiality.

Axonometric Drawing

An axonometric drawing of The Wheatsheaf, expressing the zoning and spatial arrangement of key spaces.

Visual of Corridor with Void

View from the second floor corridor, looking down through the void onto the entrance and cook school.

Materiality of Key Spaces

Detailing of the cook school, reception and corridor spaces.

Memory Box poster

poster of my project

Memory Box

movie

COUNSELLING ROOM VISUAL

This is one of the 7 counselling rooms. This one in particular is used for one-on-one counselling, but group discussion rooms are also available. The walls will be lime washed with a pink terracotta paint over to create a rough atmospheric feel to the wall. The floor is finished with a poured concrete. To juxtapose this hard floor will be a soft embedded playground rubber material acting as a rug beneath the two soft chairs.

COUNSELLING ROOMS SECTION

A section of the counselling rooms and waiting area. One of PLATFORM's main aims is to support and counsel people with mental health issues that have steamed or worsened by social media and the virtual world. Trained councillors will BE specifically trained within this field. Young people can get in contact with the PLATFORM themselves, referred to by a GP or encouraged to take a visit by a school. The acknowledgment that schools and GPs are struggling to help young people with such mental health issues and a need for a centre the specifies with the virtual world would not only help the young people but also lessen the demand on GPs and schools. “1 in 8 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder-that’s roughly 3 in every classroom.”

MANIFESTO

This poster visually symbolises my project's manifesto setting out my main aims and declaration for the year ahead. The internet chic and vaporwave aesthetic is something I want to capture throughout the entirety of my project. I want to explore the visual themes and trends of internet culture as well as the ethical and moral issues.

JOURNAL WORK

Exploring the social impact the digital world has on young people’s mental health, I hope to create a centre providing educational and counselling support. Seeking inspiration from online trends and issues such as surveillance and cancel culture. The centre remains unbiased and recognises the grey area that most of the internet lives in, the centre simply wished to educate people on issues so the users can use their technology more wisely and confidently.

MATERIALITY

Designers and artists create videos or pictures, hyper realistic rendering of a fake reality. They push the boundaries between our world and its constraints through software that has no boundaries. Personally I have always thought that such videos and images are created to challenge people's perceptions of reality, to catch people off guard when their subconcious is predicting how the materials will interact and they unexpectedly react in a way that seems impossible.