Tear Factory

21st June 2012

Titled 'Tear, if you can smell it, it has mass' was one of my favourite projects from design products at the RCA. Exploring our relationship with scent and in some ways our lack of understanding of its impact from an animalistic perspective, Angela Bracco's project was poetic, contemplative and provocative.

Basing her project on a research study done on the response of men to having a woman's tear put onto their upper lip she has designed a conceptual 'tear factory' named Delilah project.

The study carried out in 2011 showed a notable drop in testosterone levels of men who had womens tears put on their upper lip suggesting a deeper hidden pheromone that we cant smell.

Exploring future potential ideas she hypothesies about a sad cinema - a place where sad films are shown and tears are harvested for future use. Synthetic tears are also created in her tear simulator (Delilah project) and administered in the future in an Emotional mist. Sprayed into the air or in booths were men can come to be 'calmed' the mist offers a way to distribute these future 'chemosignals' on a large scale.






Thread Wrapping Machine

20th June 2012

Design products and Design Interactions - two courses at the Royal College of Art opted to have their final degree show down in Battersea at the Testbed building. Reminiscent of Milan or Eindhoven, the exhibition mixing the two disciplines together was by far one of the highlights of the graduation show trail.

On entering the show you are met by Anton Alvarez's Thread Wrapping Machine. Busy wrapping threads around different pieces of wood and objects - the results are unique pieces of furniture of objects that are simply held together by thread.

Alvarez is another example of a designer exploring how materiality and craft can combine to make an entirely new process, the machine uses glue coated thread in a truly unique and playful manner.




Protocells - future materials

17th June 2012

Exploring the potential of future materials through a critical design project Shamees Aden uses the unknown, but potentially incredible science of protocells to suggest a future shoe brand that moulds and morphs to fit your foot exactly for any terrain.

Deeply rooted in the realities of what protocells can offer - a synthetic biology that sits between non living and living and allows lifeless liquids to become a form of man made nature - she has been taking advice from Martin M. Hanczyc a leading authority in the area of protocells.

Only at the beginning of her design journey, Shamees' project projects a critical perspective on the future of materials and the possibilities afforded to them in our synthetic future.





Daily Poetry

15th June 2012

Daily Poetry, catching a moment in time, is the poetic project by Ingrid Hulskamp for her graduation project from the Textile Futures Ma.

Capturing the zeitgeist with her objects that make us take time to look and appreciate the simple and beautiful things infront of us rather than just rushing on in life - the results are beautiful and emotive.

Exploring the idea of daily contemplation her 'toys for adults' allow users to get lost in the moment similarly to when we were children.

Crafted from glass, brass, wood and textile they offer a simple tactile and contemplative moment in our busy world.



Dahea Sun


Charlotte Medin


Lynsey Coke


Diana Kovacheva


Textile Futures Belgian Brewed Beer


A textile future

14th June 2012

Today was the press and VIP viewing of the Textile Futures Ma course at Central St Martins in the new Kingscross building. Having gone from strength to strength over the last decade or so the course was given the pride of place in the main gallery space at the entrance of the building, unlike other courses that required navigating your way around the building.

Putting itself on a global perspective in parallel with the infamous Fashion Ma the Textile Futures alumni are making waves in the design, science and technology arena having gone to companies such as Nokia, EDF and Nissan to name a few. Interestingly, few go back into the fashion or textiles industry after their 2 years experience that opens their eyes to the bigger picture of the design concerns we face living in the 21st Century.

The 23 graduating students explored areas defined under the following headings - Probing futures, Poetic intention, Design interactions, Resilient design and future craft. Looking to biological, environmental and technological futures their outcomes are at times poetic and thoughtful whilst being based on the considerations of what life throws at us and our planet in the 21st century.

Here is a quick snapshot with more indepth to follow. The show is open for the next few days for those of you in London.

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