Clare Carter, Stefania Boccaletti, Roberto Bottazzi, John-Paul Fraser, Richa Mukhia, Gill Lambert, Natalie Newey (Coordinator), John O’Shea and Richard Watson
Solid n Void
Beginning with mass produced containers, students investigated the nature of positive and negative space. Materials were tested and themes developed, transforming the ready made into 10 solid and 10 void objects of extraordinary beauty.
Inspired by their exploration of solid n void, and fired by the agenda of their film character, the students looked at pocket sites in Camden Town, and developed proposals for inhabiting these voids and providing facilities for sleeping, eating or washing in some form.
Agriculture is our theme in the second term, beginning with research undertaken into various subjects from bees to mushrooms. The students explored the journey from production to consumption. This work was documented through drawings and imagery and models.
Our project site was Borough Market, a place of trading since mideaval times. The students were asked to design and build an instrument for investigating the site. Honing their skills in the workshop and developing a personal approach to observing, recording and analysing as part of the process. Taking their instrument to site, each student explored and investigated, collected raw data and eventually developed a ‘map’ using extraordinary methods to transcribe their findings.
Based on the premise that the Country Fair was coming to Borough Market, the brief encouraged the students to investigate the contrasts between agriculture and urban life. Using their research and site mapping, each student was encouraged to introduce their own agenda to the project and develop a personal response in the form of a brief and proposal for a specific site in the area.