Beastly designs

Extended Diploma Students were asked to contribute to our MoDiP's exhibition Beastly designs. Their work demonstrates a variety of ways in which the MoDiP collection can inspire students with different interests. The project provides a means of exploring principles of design methodology, especially the communication of ideas and concepts through 2D and 3D skills, and of gaining understanding of professional practice, especially of health and safety requirements, of copyright issues, and of working to production deadlines.

Logo by Kelly Adams and Gemma Owen


Kelly Adams and Gemma Owen

We were asked to design an image or object to go into MoDiP for the 'Beastly Design' exhibition. We specialize in photography and graphics so we started to look into logos and typography. We came up with the idea of combining type and animals to create a new logo for the Museum of Design in Plastics. Once we had designed the logo, we considered other marketing ideas and decided to print a t-shirt and a poster as well as develop a web page.

Bag by Summer Thurlow and Alice Kinsley


Summer Thurlow and Alice Kinsley

We were interested in the idea of creating a recycled bag in the shape of an animal to communicate the message that recycling plastics helps to prevent animals from being harmed. We decided to look at the characteristics of a hedgehog, focussing on how they curl up when threatened. This piece is a visual way of showing how animals are increasingly being killed as a result of littering.

Make-up by Milly Jeffreys and Kim Knowles


Milly Jeffreys and Kim Knowles

We created a textile themed pieces concentrating on Chinese zodiac animals, which incorporated both of our specialisms of textiles and make-up. We were inspired by the vast array of animals represented.

We used a wide variety of techniques to get the best possible outcome including experiments using various different types of make-up and textile material. For our final piece we have combined the image of animals with people to show the evolutionary process of humans and animals.

Mask by Olivia Dawson and Owain Nicholls


Olivia Dawson and Owain Nicholls

This is a promotional piece designed to promote the Beastly Designs exhibition. The mask is constructed completely from various non-biodegradable plastics. Our intention was to attract the audience's attention. We created a fictional animal based on adaptations from a gecko and a rhinoceros. This brings to life, in a new and innovative way, the evolutionary process and attempts to remove potential bias in the audience, as they will not know about this creature. It is made to look realistic so that the audience gets a sense of a living, breathing being, which, without the appropriate management of non-biodegradable plastics and derived products, will result in extinction.

Neck piece by William Niven and Tannaz Falahatzadeh


William Niven and Tannaz Falahatzadeh

Our inspiration for this neckpiece came from the shell of the armadillo, the focus of our research on nocturnal animals. Each section was laser cut then riveted allowing them to be adjusted to symbolize the articulated shell of the armadillo. We also used photography techniques to portray nocturnal vision.

Book by Alice Kiernander and Nathalie Sandstad


Alice Kiernander and Nathalie Sandstad

We were first inspired by the word 'Beastly' and wanted to look at the negative connotations. We made our final outcome uses illustration and stitch collaboratively to create a hand-made picture book bringing texture to the picture and setting a dark and grim look to the project by using dark purples and blacks. When we look at our final piece we don't just see a book, we see the careful planning and hard work from two people combining their skills. Looking back on our final piece we feel a great sense of achievement in that we were able to work together collaboratively to create an effective outcome.

Jewellery by Kate Short and Bradley Hall


Kate Short and Bradley Hall

This jewellery piece consists of a French knitted chain of enamelled wire and laser cut and hand cut bird pendants made from mount board. The colour of the wire represents the colour of the sky and the use of black and white mount board represents the contrast of light and shadow when the birds' feathers hit the sunlight in a photograph. Our aim was to create a beautiful but almost vulnerable piece to capture a bird's essence whilst in flight.

Cape by Zoe Nott and Tiana Ware


Zoe Nott and Tiana Ware

Our inspiration for this piece has come from ducks, more specifically the Laysan duck. We wanted to promote and raise awareness of this endangered bird. We wanted to use the bird as the basis for the design of this wearable piece. Some feathers have been silk screen printed, and lino printing has been used to create the pattern on the fabric. We used computer editing software to give our photos the best look possible.

Teeth by Matt Hammond and Ava Montagu-Hawkins


Matt Hammond and Ava Montagu-Hawkins

Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth to appear in humans aged 17 to 25. Wisdom teeth are a set of four molars appearing in the back of the jaw line which can cause problems and are often removed. While focusing on the idea of teeth we discussed many ideas between one another and we liked the thought of wisdom teeth but failed to see how they were wise. We liked the idea of having a cookie jar or fortune cookie style tooth which can be broken or opened or drilled into to reveal wisdom.

Photography by Cloe Brunerie and Daisy-Mae Wheeler


Cloe Brunerie and Daisy-Mae Wheeler

Both being photographers, we decided to collaborate to form a photographic piece for MoDiP's exhibition theme 'Beastly Designs'. Our main inspiration for this project was Mary Katrantzou and Erik Madigan Heck who created some stunning fashion photographs with patterned backgrounds and our aim was to try to create something that people would take a second look at; something that not everyone would understand at first but which was very piercing at the same time.

Daisy focuses more on macro photography and played her part in this piece by creating the pattern projected onto the model. She created this by taking macro photos of different parts of animals such as wings, claws and teeth, and edited them into bold, colourful patterns. Cloe's role was to make costumes for children from recycled plastic materials, such as plastic bags and bottle tops, representing different animals.

With many thanks to Percy Smith and Suri Chapman

Short film by Alice Goodrich and Danica Henderson


Our problem with litter and the disposal of waste is a common problem, although partly acknowledged, we feel its effects are often disregarded. Such effects are irreversible damage to the environment and the death of many wild animals. We wanted to portray a story from an animal's point of view and how our everyday carelessness affects them and their environment.

We wanted to use colourful props to attract the viewers' attention, although we kept one thing to mind, and that was making sure the props were 100% eco-friendly. All the props we used were biodegradable in case any did fly away and become irretrievable. We felt focusing on matters like this were important, especially due to the meaning we wanted behind our film.

When we look at our final piece, we see the affects man has on nature. Although, we also see art, just like a pen to paper or paintbrush to canvas, we expressed everything we wanted through the art of film.