On arrival we were shown around the facilities in the Vijay Patel building by Jonjo Elliott the exhibitions and liaison officer at DMU.
August 17, 2018
The students watched glass blowing in action and saw the prototypes of the product designers’ work in the workshops.
As a group we headed to see the exhibition of craft projects with glass, ceramic, laser cut and metal objects. The students chatted to the artist in residence about her work based on organic forms.
We then split into 3 groups, each with a member of staff, to tour the areas of the exhibition. Our group started with the MA and Degree Architecture show. The students were fascinated by the architectural models and the different methods of construction. In the Interior Design show a student had created a view into a dystopian world which was visible through virtual reality goggles.
The Product Design students had worked on a wide range of creative ideas: from a new solution for bike security in the city to skeletal support for people struggling with injuries or mobility. Many of the designs focussed on finding innovative solutions for environmental problems by using the circular economy as a starting point, ideas our students related to.
Before lunch we had time to view the fashion, textiles and shoe designers’ work, with some students talking to the course tutor about their own aspirations.
Following lunch, which was with the DMU students and staff in their new Food Village, we explored the work of the graphic designers and illustrators. Finishing up the day with a walk over to Bede Island to see the very intricate and creative work of the Game Design artists. Our students were able to give some insightful feedback to the DMU students on the success of the gaming environments they had created.
‘I enjoyed seeing the work of the students and the amount of work put into it. The work was very creative and interesting’.