Impressions of Nature
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This is a practice-based project that uses qualitative, artistic research methods. The project’s foundational method of re-mediation is used to explore the dynamic relationship between form and materiality and how this interaction can produce objects of aesthetic value. Located at the center of the project is a collection of artifacts. This collection, made from high-fired and unglazed porcelain, is the product of the main method, re-mediation. This collection is mentioned in the research question: How can re-mediated surface samples collected from nature inform the design of products? This line of research encourages a practical and tangible process with a clear goal related to product development. As a result, three uniquely different products were developed during this project. The purpose of the product development has firstly been to afford insight into different aesthetic aspects that can be achieved through an exploratory design process. Secondly, different processes such as 3D printing in clay combined with traditional handcrafting methods, have been used to investigate how to design both a personal and a shared aesthetic experience for the user.