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Iona Inglesby

MA work

Gene Weaver // Phoenix // Moon Steps

Gene Weaver: Stemming from the example of tartan being a material which is used to show the identity of a family, I wanted to make a scientific version by using the data from DNA profiling. 

After testing my family, I converted the genetic results into  a visual code which when applied, created uniquely patterned fabric. Through colour you can read gene inheritance from parents and also sibling similarity connecting the family. This lead to bespoke products designed by one's own DNA. 

Phoenix // Moon Steps: I have designed two objects which try to help us connect to the universe by bringing narrative to the numbers. 

Phoenix  mirrors the language of a clock, but it shows infinite time. The idea of a circle of life, where there is constant creation from destruction.  

Moon Steps show the infinite journey of the moon away from the earth, at the speed of the thickness of a sheet of paper/day. These steps show the distance in my lifetime, with each level representing five years, and can be added to daily creating a physical record. 



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  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2014


    Platform 18

  • Everything is information. The universe is a giant computer processing data so complex that we cannot feel a relationship with it. Science provides clarity from the chaos, yet these facts lack meaning for most. My work decodes this data by translating it into tangible objects. By adding substance to the raw information, I am trying to form a narrative that creates awareness of our connection to the universe and to each other.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Textile Design, University of the Arts London, 2011