Traditionally glasses frames are composed of multiple components, screws, arms, frontals, nose pads and, if an acetate frame, a metal skeleton to provide structure. This project explored the idea of simplifying the number of component parts required by developing a construction method to see if it was possible to create a frame and temples from one continuous piece of material, while maintaining the fundamental characteristics of a pair of glasses.
To be able to achieve the desired form in which the arms are a tightly wound spring-like construction able to maintain stability but also to fold as a standard hinged arm would, it was necessary to use and adapt cnc wire bending technology typically used in spring manufacturing, exploring the idea of adapting an existing manufacturing process for an alternative product.
The nature of this process involves a length of wire that is fed through the machine and bent at a continuous desired angle. Using a single length of wire from one end of the glasses arm to another makes it is very easy to create a bespoke sized frame by simply adjusting the amount of wire used.
School of Design
MA Design Products, 2015
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My practice relies on a multi-disciplinary approach to an object’s construction and medium, and as such the focus of my work is in challenging the processes of manufacture through design.
Originally trained as a fashion designer and with a detailed and inquisitive knowledge of pattern making, I have developed an understanding of how to give form to flat surfaces and materials. This interest led me to pursue other forms of design and form finding, focusing on pushing materials into unorthodox contexts, giving them alternative applications, generating new techniques and challenging current manufacturing processes.
Having an alternative background helps me to challenge the versatility that a particular technique or discipline can offer in terms of developing a unique application. This interest in adaptation and re-appropriation of manufacturing processes to create new techniques and directions is applicable to a diverse range of fields such as furniture, clothing, tableware, lighting, accessories, textiles, keeping my practice as varied as possible.
- BA Fashion Design, University of Westminster, 2011
- Assistant to head of studio, Aitor Throup, 2010; Designer, Studio XO, London 2011–13; Assistant to head of studio, Max Lamb, 2014
- Graduate Fashion Show, Ambika P3, London, 2011; Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Free Masons Hall, London, 2011; 100% Optical, London, 2014
- GFW Hammerson Innovation Award, 2011; 100% Optical Design Award, 2014; IFF/Thierry Mugler Fragrance Award, 2014; Nominee, Eddie Mundy Award, 2015