Section 1 Progress and Achievement

In the beginning of the course I struggled to grasp the process of a project from the brief to the final outcome. I can now say that I understand the importance of documenting my process of research and observation, analysing my findings, developing ideas, material experimentations, and producing a final outcome. With limited making skills I have experimented with various wood, metal, plastic, ceramics, and textile techniques. I’ve learned to think outside the box within a short time frame with limited materials. My confidence as a designer grows with each new project and solution.

Section 2 Pathway Choice

Coming from an educational and industry background in Marketing and Communications, I’ve always wanted to try something more visual and hands on. Originally interested in interior and spatial design, I realised while applying for BA programs at UAL, that my true passion wasn’t in the interior space, but the individual products that make up that space.

I hope to continue to learn about product design, specifically to expand the quality and range of my making skills with a variety of materials. Upon graduating from the PDC Foundation Course at CSM, I am interested in continuing my studies in 3D Design.

Section 3 Project Proposal Aims and Realisation

The purpose of this project is to bring the spirit of forest and warmth into the home of those living in the the Boreal forest, or alternatively an experience that will make the forest more enjoyable for those wanting to explore in the harsh weather. Functionality and aesthetic will be important for bringing my project to life.

Within the Canadian, Scandinavian, and Russian Boreal forests I will research the climate, landscape, seasons, animals, insects, vegetation, sustenance, conservation vs. deforestation, as well as the other natural materials. I want to look at recreational and industrial activities and products, natural and man-made forest structures, along with survival techniques and tools used by indigenous people.

Some art and design precedents that I will look at are Scandinavian design, Aboriginal making, Hudson’s Bay Company, Arne Jacobson, designs inspired by forest, and materials found in the forest like wood, leather, fur, and resin.

I am keen to experiment with these materials in the workshop, but know I will need assistance to learn different making techniques. I plan to ask tutors as well as technicians for any advice for working with these materials.

I will also visit the Scandinavian furniture store in London called FOREST for additional research, I hope to travel to Norway over Easter break for firsthand observations, as well I have set up interviews with outdoor enthusiasts living in the Canadian and Swedish Boreal forests.

Section 4 Evaluation

As my projects grows I will document all findings, progress and outcomes, as well as any changes. My evaluation will also come from feedback I receive from my tutors and peers, along with the success/failure of my experiments. All of this information will be reflected upon in my reflective journal. The process of my project will also be recorded on my information file and in my sketchbook.



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Brighton Museum and Art Gallery - Post War/60s. Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE

Natural History Museum. Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Saatchi Gallery - PANGAEA II: New Art From Africa and Latin America. King's Road, London, SW3 4RY

Victoria and Albert Museum - Glass. Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL



Cotswold, London, UK (various locations)

Folklore. Upper Street, London N1 1RQ

Forest London. Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BY

MUJI. Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT

SCP Ltd. Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX

Skandium. Marylebone Road, London W1U 4QS

The Brokedown Palace. BOXPARK, London E1 6GY

The North Face. Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HE



St. Clements, Manitoba, Canada

Royal Djurgården National Park, Stockholm, Sweden

Highgate Woods

Doe Leather - Slow Food & Living Market, Rosewood Hotel, Holborn, London


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Alexey Chugunnikov. <> Leaf Wallet.

Anderssen & Voll. <> metal Min watering can.

Anthropologie. <> Flock of Swallows Mobile.

Barbara Ott. <> Eintopf Pan.

Barbour. <> Wax Leather Tarras Bag, Land Rover Explorer Bag.

Base Camp X. <> Airborne x Base Camp X.

Ben Guthrie. <> Marmot's Trestles Sleeping Bags.

Benjamin Hubery. <> SEAMS.

Best Made Company. <> Axes, Knives, Tools, Camp Supplies, SOLKOA Survival Kit, Match Safe, Hobo Knife.

Carl Auböck. <> Glass, leather and brass pitcher.

Cascade Designs. <> Trail Lite Duo System.

ChauhanStudio. <> Hand Tools.

Cherchbi. <> Docket Zip Pouch.

Chieh. <> Nothing Fancy Minimalist Wallet.

Christina Kazakia <> Stick-lets.

Christopher Jarratt. <> Slingshots.

Chromoly. <> Everyday Weapons.

Cool Material. <> SOL Survival Kit, Knives, Waxed Canvas Utility Rolls, Leather Sidekick Cord Wrap.

Croots England. <> Hemsley Range, Rosedale Range, Dalby Range.

Design Affairs Studio. <> O3.

Dominic Wilcox. <> No Place Like Home GPS Shoes.

Dunmore. <> Alisha Bucket Tote Tartan, Harris Tweed Toilet Bag.

Felicie Eymard. <> Oksa.

Fort Standard. <> Life Is Precious.

Francesco Faccin. <> Re-Fire Kit.

Hilla Shamia. <> Wood Casting Collection.

Kawamura Ganjavian. <> Ostrich Pillow.

François Morel. <> Wood & Metal Bird Call Whistle Set.

Kacper Hamilton. <> Zai CORE Axe, Zai HIGO tools.

KMKG. <> The iTree Speaker. 

Massimo Faion. <> Posa Project.

Mathieu Lehanneur. <> Bel-Air.

Melanie Chernock. <> Love Hurts.

Menosunocerouno. <> Just in Case.

MENU A/S. <> New Norm Multi Picnic Basket.

Merchant Fox, The. <> Leather Wash Roll, Fox Flannel Tote.

Millican. <> Smith the Roll Pack, Ian the Camera Case.

Mischer’Traxler Studio. <> Knowledge-Tools-Memory.

MUJI. <> Whatever Whenever, acrylic storage, cylinder tube, flashlights.

Nacho Carbonell. <> Tree Chair's Family.

Nendo. <>Bird-Apartment Treehouse.

Ohyo. <> The Collapsabottle.

Ontwerpdup. <> Light Forest.

Pen Pencil Stencil. <> Forest of Woods.

Phoebe Kowalska. <> Survival Kit for Overpopulation.

Poglia & Co. <> Horn Utility Knife.

Poketo. <> Minimalist Folio, Seamless Bifold Wallet.

Polymath Products. <> Mini Survival Tin, Ultra Compact Survival Pack.

Porter Yoshida. <> 2 Way Briefcase.

Present&Correct. <> Desk Caddy.

RAW COLOR. <> Temporary Trees - with Mkgk.

Rodrigo Torres. <> Sushi.

Rui Pereira. <> Faro Mini Fireplace.

RVW. <> Haijk.

Ryan Ramone. <> Urban Survival Pack.

Sebastian Cox. <> Kerf Side Table.

Serena & Lily. <> Copper Leather Stool.

Sjoerd Vroonland. <> Revised Craft - Branch Chair.

Smarin. <> Mangier: Eating Tree. 

Steffen Kehrle. <> Survival Kits.

TB Groupe. <> FURTIF Evercut collection.

Tom Dixon for Adidas. <> Capsule Collection.

Topo Designs. <> Topo x John Fellows Water Bottle.

Tove Emilsson. <> Hunters Bend.

Trust Co. <> Heritage Axes.

Wood and Faulk. <> Wood & Leather Camp Stool.

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