I do not envy my parents. I must have been the most irritating child in the world. I was always breaking things. On purpose. When I was 11, I took my bike apart in some delusional attempt to build a go-kart. I had no idea what I was doing and the whole project was a total disaster (including causing me to almost lose a thumb).
I think this is the first time I realised I wanted to be a designer; I was so dissapointed that I hadn’t been able to build that go-kart that I was determined to know how I could build things that actually work.
Safe to say, I’m a much better designer now than I was back then. Over the last 4 years at Sussex, I’ve learned so much about my design-self; especially in my placement year at Claire Potter Design. While working as a Circular Economy Design Consultant, I became obsessed with the idea of creating value from waste. I strongly believe that designers are partially responsible for the catastrophically damaging consumer culture that exists today.
I want to be part of the solution.