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Student Showcase Archive

Tom Collison

MA work

MA work

  • Stool in Making

    Stool in Making, Tom Collison 2017
    Wood, Calico, Toy Stuffing
    100cm by 200cm | Photographer: Suzie Howell

  • Maker Series

    Maker Series, 2017
    Wood, Textile, Toy Stuffing
    Photographer: Suzie Howell

  • Cushion Threaded Through Wood

    Cushion Threaded Through Wood, Thomas Collison 2017
    Wood, Coconut Husk, Recycled Cotton
    200 cm X 100 cm

  • Detailed Undercarriage

    Detailed Undercarriage, Thomas Collison 2017
    Wood, Recycled Cotton, Cocnut husk

  • Light as a feather, Stiff as a board

    Light as a feather, Stiff as a board, Thomas Collison 2017
    Feathers, Snapap, Coconut Husk, Wood, Recycled Cotton, Khadi blended linen and cotton, Coated cotton, Elastic bands
    100cm X 100cm

  • Stools

    Stools, Thomas Collison 2017

  • Legs Tense

    Legs Tense, Thomas Collison 2017
    Wood, rope, Cotton, toy stuffing, recycled cotton
    200 cm X 100 cm

Awkward Furniture

This project looks to convey a conversation between the maker and the user of an object, through the object itself.  ‘Awkward furniture’ is a series of awkwardly made stools. These stools have been created by physically experimenting with the words tension, suspension and compression. The form of the stools is a result of construction through the use of these verbs in making. The stools look to create a conversation about what is comfort, if each human is unique surely each human has their own form of comfort? How can something so unique be set out by the rules of ergonomics? This line of questioning stems from the idea of that design should be a background for living, each individual should develop their own use of an object, it should not be dictated but instead be made personable to the user. These objects differ from traditional modes of woodworking and joinery; this shying away from tradition is mimicked in the way in which they are used.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2017


    mixed media

  • Tom’s work looks at the relationships between human comfort, design objects and the awkwardness of nature. His work places emphasis on how materiality can create form, often which often looks at how language can be used as inspiration for objects. His work sits comfortably between interiors and gallery in terms of context for display. His pieces are functional objects, which embody an original take on construction, this looks to create discussion on what is modern design. The work offers a unique visual aesthetic which looks to satisfy users through colour, material and finish.
  • Degrees

  • BA Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design, Leeds College of Art, 2015
  • Experience

  • Internship, CUSTHOM Studio, London, 2016; Artist residency - UNIDEE, Martino Gamper, Cittadellarte + Fondazione Pistolleto + Oasi Zegna, Biella, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Ones to Watch Exhibition, Sunny Bank Mill, Leeds, 2014, 2015; Sonar Festival, SONOS, Barcelona, 2016; New Designers, Business Design Centre, London 2015; Premier Vision, Paris, 2014; CAMAC, Fashion and Textiles Museum, 2014; International Artist book prize, Sheffield, 2015
  • Awards

  • CAMAC 1st Place Wallpaper design, Exhibition London Fashion and Textiles museum, 2015