I was really excited when Woven Image gave me the opportunity to work with their new range of outdoor fabric as one of their “imagination Partners”.
The Zip and Quiz fabric had an immediate appeal – designed by Amy Saunders for Woven Image, its bold geometric patterns and colours presented so many options. The project also gave me a chance to bring together skills and disciplines that I most enjoy – the research and development of an idea, the prototyping and making of the object and also the styling and working with a photographer.
I knew from the start that I wanted to create some form of object or installation that would showcase the fabric and compliment the beautiful natural environment here in Tasmania.
I began by spending some time at our shack on the east coast thinking about how we inhabit and personalise spaces, and how we protect ourselves from the elements. I read up on traditional shelters and dwellings in their simplest form. I went for walks with my kids and collected shells and looked at patterns in nature – all really simple, beautiful and functional.
I came up with the concept of a family of urchin-like tents or pods that I envisaged dotted along the shoreline or washed up onto rocks, and I thought this might be a nice parallel to our own recent arrival here.
I made several prototypes, but the final pods are constructed in much the same way that modern hiking tents are – using lightweight flexible support rods that are sleeved into the wings of the tent structure. The fabric was great to work with – it sews smoothly and held up well to the tensions created by the structure.
In the mean time a few behind the scenes and additional shots…
Many thanks to the talented Jonathan Wherrett who travelled up the coast with us to shoot the installation. Thanks also to Dad for his engineering expertise and to Tony and Anna for their invaluable help and sense of humor on the day!
I’m pretty excited that one of my pet projects – Big Cheese has been shortlisted for the “LaunchPad” design awards.
Its a kids play structure designed to encourage creativity, imagination and interaction…
Its still in the early stages of development so I can’t say too much but lets just say that if you’ve ever wondered what its like to be as small as a mouse then you will appreciate it!
We boxed it up, added a few design flourishes and flew it across the seas to be judged in Melbourne at the end of June. Fingers crossed!