Sometimes it takes big things. Other time small will do. A series of products, interventions and installations designed to stir feelings, challenge perspectives and generate learning.
  • Food as ritual

  • Whilst studying for my master’s Degree in London I worked as a Student Support Worker for students who had a disability or SpecifIc Learning Difference. Closely supporting a student with visual impairment exposed me to new types of situations and challenges. I wanted to share these experiences with others.

    Feel is a project that explores the topic of visual impairment, looking particularly at the role the tactile sense plays in experiencing the world.

    The project looked to offer an insight into the world of blindness through interactive and experiential learning rather than information. An installation piece prompted viewers to interact with different textures placed in a series of containers. The choice of materials was directed by those whom I had interviewed in my research and carried deep and personal meaning to them. These stories were printed on the bottom of each container and were visible once the participant interacted with the material. 

    The installation was displayed as part of the London Design Festival 2011.

  • How might we engage communities and individuals in co-designing a care information service that best suits their needs?

    A magnetic web kit to enable individuals and groups to co-design websites alongside service providers and designers. Using A4 magnetic sheets and a white coated magnetic roll users cut put pieces of magnet, write on them and build their own website interface. 

  • We all have foods that makes our mouths twist with distaste, but what if we took the time to explore our reactions towards texture, smell, taste and appearance?

    A “distasting” session with liquorice and mayonnaise. Reactions:

    “It’s a texture thing. Mayonnaise is something I have never liked; 
    the way that it wobbles and looks so slimy.”- L

    “Liquorice tastes like smoke, like cigarets. It’s like chewing coffee and it smells like medicine.” - R

    An Edible+ project.

  • Brief by Zahra Davidson: So you have started climbing. Make an ‘advert’ - interpret however you will - to tell the world the benefits of climbing. This could be a poster, a short video, a publicity stunt.. anything. Think about who you want to see this, and how you can best reach this target group. Maybe it is the over 90s. Or household pets of the nation. Imagine your life depends on it.

    Zahra’s face posted over each face (hundreds of) in a climbing magazine showcasing the benefits of the sport. Zahra Davidson is a woman in her 20’s living and working in London. We hope she starts climbing.

    (Source: twohandsonabelly)

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  • How do we find ways to talk about the past with our parents?

    I wanted to get to know more about my parents’ life and their journey across my home country, Romania. Since I live abroad, I also wanted to learn about their present and their day to day life.

    So I went back home for a month and asked them a lot of questions. Whilst touring across the country we stopped in my dad’s university city and after 30 years he got to walk along the same corridors once more

    Read more about this project here: http://www.hellorox.com/blog/2014/5/26/where-are-you-from

  • How to make friends with neighbours when you’re always the ‘new neighbour’?

    In the last 5 years I have lived at 10 different addresses. I now live in a Glaswegian tenement. I moved here last year in September. Last Christmas I organised a Christmas party and invited everyone in the building. Out of 10 invitations, 1 person showed up. We had mince pies and she brought us a plant! Everyone else sent a letter to say they couldn’t make it. 

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  • How to make someone feel like a warrior?

    It’s always a bit daunting to write a dissertation paper. So to boost his confidence, for my partner’s birthday, I got in touch with his friends and asked everyone to write him a letter themed ‘Jeremy is a warrior’. I got more than a dozen letters back, drawings, poems and even a short story!

    Many thanks to all who took part.

  • Brief: design the Christmas decorations for the Snook studio Christmas Party. 

    This was a project in collaboration with Zahra Davidson. The theme: a Snookmas story. What you see in these photos involved a good amount of torn book pages and hours of cutting, threading and installing.

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  • How to throw a surprise for a friend who lives across the pond?

    All you need is a friend who’s willing to help, a couple of fun posters, some paper and a pen to invite involvement from neighbours. People are more generous than you think. Gifts of jars and hemp cream lotion!

  • When I graduated from my BA course the university I was attending didn’t have the facilities to organise a graduation ceremony.

    Together with a group of colleagues I organised a personalised graduation ceremony. The day involved a meal, receiving certificates and taking photographs in graduation gowns. The certificates were written by us and commended not only professional achievement but also our friendships. The real certificates came later.

    Photo courtesy of Daradics Balazs

  • Birthdays are celebrations of ourselves and our lives. There’s nothing like a birthday to feel celebrated, grateful and alive. How might it feel like to sustain that positive energy to fuel the rest of our year? Or at least a month? And also, how to do this when the celebrated lives an ocean away from you?

    Last year, for my partner’s birthday I created a 30 day supply of so-called Instant Rox packs. Each pack contained a life-loving note and a tea bag. Let the birthday joy steep.



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