Having studied a product and furniture design degree at Kingston University I have always taken an interest in helping people. Born with a physical disability has made me look out at the world with a positive attitude rather than seeing it as something negative. As a designer I believe that every individual is different and I believe good design helps people do things they might otherwise not be able to do. I see myself as an empathetic energetic peoples’ designer with the focus on working for people with impairments and disabilities at the core of my practice in a collaborative field. Designing products suited with a topic that’s close to my heart, and kick-starting a live website which allows people/users to be included in inclusive design, has allowed me to develop an insight into how other people with varying abilities live with struggles they might face on a day-to-day basis, being able to help others through struggles that I have similarly faced brings a smile to my face because I can see how my work is benefiting others as well as highlighting a feeling of positivity all round. I hope to develop more products that can be used by as many people as possible, whatever abilities they may have and to expand a range of products that can be used by all, and make it a FUN experience too. I do it for the enjoyment of learning and hope to develop my skills with further experience. I would see the whole experience as designing products that suit people’s personalities.
12 week course in becoming an entrepreneur, giving me experience in marketing, organising, leading, budgeting/expenditure, social media, publicising, designing invites, press releases, working in a team and accreditation booklets. I went on to winning £500 start-up funding to start my own business where I then launched my first pop-up shop in Peckham in December.
Worked as a young leader collaborating with disabled artists aiming at giving voice and being ambassadors to students and young disabled people who want to work in the arts and cultural fields. Work included, attending monthly group forums and leading in organising forum meetings, hosting creative chats within special needs schools and other youth groups, like 'Elphreda Society' in Camden, presenting online survey findings and attending trustee meetings at the Southbank Centre, writing reviews and case studies; example for the Liberty Festival and others, blogging for live installations and events, assisting in careers events as part of the Southbank festival and working with other large galleries and cultural institutions like the National Maritime Museum's archive collection.
As an arts facilitator I was given the opportunity to run my own art classes for young people, including assisting artists and working with infant age children through to adults and also being a runner for live events.