Fun Food Fact of the Day will also be showing as part of the Brighton University 3D Design and Craft stand in Week 2 of New Designers 2013.
“Taking place over two weeks, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking.
The show sees over 3,000 of the most talented, newly graduated designers from the UK’s leading universities come together to showcase the future of design and creativity.”
-New Designers Website
The piece of work being exhibited will be “Buglery” and it will exhibited in Week 2, the week displaying Furniture & Product Design (inc. Industrial Design), Visual Communications (Graphic Design & Illustration) and Spatial Design (inc. Architecture & Interior Design).
See links for more information on the students exhibiting (in both weeks) as well as info on visiting.
Hope to see you there!
Fun Food Fact of the Day has been featured along side other graduate project on the Creative Review Blog, Talent Spotters.
“Clare Plumley visits this year’s Brighton shows…Poppy Wilson St James presents a series of objects which bring into question the origin of the food we consume and how those products impact on us. She has made jelly moulds of pigs trotters, sweets in the shape of rotting teeth and promotes the nutritious value of bugs and insects.”
Creative Review Blog
Fun Food Fact of the Day was Nominated and chosen for the Seoul National University of South Korea Award for Innovation in 3D Design. Thanks to Professor KyungChan Paik of the university. The certificate is proudly framed next to my space. Thanks also to Nick Gant who nominated me for the award.
Photos to follow.
A big thanks to Philippa Aldrich for featuring me on her blog for the Future Perfect Company. I entered a competition back in second year run by her. Unfortunately I didn’t win but it was a great experience.
She’s now featured me, and another course mate, on her blog, specifically my degree show work. The link is below.
The Future Perfect Company
Global meat production is already considered unsustainable and with the world’s population set to hit 9 billion in 2050 we simply do not have the space or the water to continue producing animal protein as we are currently doing. Therefore in the future it is envisioned that we will be reliant on ‘mini livestock’, or insects, as a main source of animal protein. 80% of the world already eats insects in some way, shape or form, especially as a delicacy. In the West however where the demand for animal protein is at its highest we are yet to embrace the thought of eating bugs. I have created a series of specialised utensils for eating insects thus elevating their status from creepy crawly pests to delicacies, as with lobster or oysters.
Nell and Billy trying the cutlery out on salt and vinegar dressed fried crickets. Using the cutlery helped me explain the issues surrounding meat production and food production in general. They also ate all of the crickets. And licked the plate clean…
Throughout history it was more commonplace to see sugary foodstuffs on the shelves of an apothecary rather than in the windows of confectioners. Sugar was very expensive and used mainly as a ‘spice’ for the wealthy and as a preservative for medicinal spices. I have looked at the cures of old and attempted to bring them into the 21st century to compare with the sugary treats and medicines of today and see what has changed; for example medicines no longer contain sugar as an active ingredient but still have to be kept away from children with their candy like appearance. By reforming historical sugary cures into the forms of modern day medicines, such as pills and caplets, we are invited to question how we perceive sugar in contemporary culture.
Nell pretending to eat one of the pills. The pills opened us discussions with her and her brother Billy about the history of sugar, sugar in medicine and modern medications.
Sugar has been portrayed in recent years as the root of all current health problems and crises. There are different studies and arguments about whether sugar plays a part in causing obesity, heart disease and other conditions, however it is universally accepted that sugar causes tooth decay. Consumption of sugars, of all kinds including those in dried fruit and honey, leads to acid attacking the enamel on our teeth causing decay and cavities. So why are perfectly straight, white, pristine teeth shaped sweets sold in sweet shops everywhere? I have created ‘real’ gummy teeth, cast in silicone to mimic gummy sweets from two real mouths, to demonstrate the one definite result of over consumption of sugar- decay and tooth loss.
Nell and Billy again, playing with the silicone gummy teeth, as well as ‘real’ edible gummy teeth from the same mould. Playing with the silicone teeth as well as eating the sweetie teeth opened up discussion about dental hygiene, sugary food including fruit and how sugar should be a treat food.
In the kitchens of history gelatine was created by boiling the bones of animals, especially pigs and cattle. Nowadays gelatine is still made from the hides and bones of cows and pigs but is industrially extracted, pigs are specifically used for the production of food grade gelatine. As highlighted by the recent horse meat scandal we are increasingly unaware of what exactly is in our food and how it is treated before it arrives in shops and on our plates. By creating a jelly mould in the shape of a pig’s trotter I am reminding consumers of the origins of their food, specifically the intensive industrial processes and subsequent synthetic nature of jelly that removes us from the reality of its source. The product succeeds by creating a trotter shaped jelly, the final food product taking the form of gelatine’s original source.
Nell and Billy, two primary school children, learning about the origins of their food by using the jelly mould. It opened up a discussion about processed food, animal products and what else gelatine and pork products are used in.
The culmination of three years hard work, blood, sweat and tears. My space at Brighton University Graduate Show 2013 is finished and ready. The body of work is called “Fun Food Fact of the Day” and consists of four different pieces, “Pigs Trotter Jelly Mould”, “A Spoonful of Sugar…”, “Real Gummy Teeth” and “Buglery”. On until the 12th of June my work will also be shown with other members of my course at New Designers 2013.
Exhibition of second year 3D Design and 3D Materials Practice work at the One church in Brighton. Was a lovely, different group of people from across the two courses and a weird but wonderful setting in a baptist church in the middle of town. With a swimming pool in it (baptism pool thingy). It was a great show made better by me not bursting intro flames as I approached the church which was a relief as a raging atheist.
I exhibited my lonely bench from first term of second year and a bicycle repair stool I made in first year.
The ‘Lonely Bench’
“A UK study entitled The Lonely Society? found that as a nation 11% of us felt lonely while 48% thought we are getting lonelier in general. Perhaps this is due to the increasingly isolated lifestyles we are leading, with longer working hours and more time spent on social networking sites? This bench seeks to combat this loneliness, encouraging conversation and interaction between two people. It is impossible to be comfortable or stable when sitting on it alone so you must find another person to share with so by working together you may both enjoy your moments rest.”
The stool I exhibited was from a first year project in wood, the brief was to create a functional stool no bigger that 50cm cubed using one hardwood, one softwood and one manufactured board. I made a bicycle repair stool, the slot in the seat is for your wheel to rest in as you tinker and the seat itself is reminiscent of a bicycle saddle.
The private view was a great evening with even greater canapes and wine. Many thanks to the One Church, Saskia and all the crew who displayed their work.
Me on my bench, I was the only one allowed to touch the work 😉