Origami Cloth wins Design Now Travelling Scholarship

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 09 February 2010.

Amy Carr Bottomley, Equation, 2009. Photo: courtesy the artist image Emi Fukuda, necklace from the Childhood Habitat series, 2009. Photo: Benjamin Green image Zaki Arif, details from Can Design Improve Thermal Comfort for Forest Fire Fighters?, 2009. image

Amy Carr Bottomley, an RMIT University graduate, has been awarded the Living Edge Travelling Scholarship for her innovative Origamic Textiles series.

Carr Bottomley’s dynamic design transforms two-dimensional fabric into a three-dimensional sculptural form. The Origamic Textiles are made from thermoplastic fibres produced from recycled plastic. Through a process of moulding and heat setting, the textiles are both flexible and rigid, able to fold and unfold while maintaining their form. These experimental fibres are the result of a research grant awarded to Carr Bottomley through The Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology, and represent advancements in materials technology.

Emi Fukuda, an RMIT University graduate and Zaki Arif, a Swinburne University of Technology graduate, have jointly won the Object Award for Creative Innovation. Fukuda’s colourful polyurethane resin jewellery in the My Childhood Habitat series is playful yet technically sophisticated. Through experimental making techniques, Fukuda has married a fragile aesthetic with a sturdy, robust design.

Industrial designer Zaki Arif was applauded for his needs-based design approach. Can Design Improve Thermal Comfort For Forest Fighters? is a concept for a high-tech respirator for bushfire fighters that aids communication and improves safety and thermal comfort. David Clark, Editor of Vogue Living, praised Arif’s work for its potential to save lives. “It is a pragmatic and well designed concept, worthy of recognition” says Clark.

The Living Edge Travelling Scholarship includes a return trip to Los Angeles, home of the Eames Office, as well as five nights accommodation.

The Object Award for Creative Innovation is a $2,500 cash prize, shared between the joint winners to kick-start their design careers.

Frank DiGiorgio, Director – National Projects, Living Edge and Trent Jansen, former winner of this graduate exhibition, presented the awards to a tightly packed audience on Friday evening, 9 April 2010.

Design Now! 2010 is showing at Object Gallery from 10 April – 30 May 2010