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Laura McCarthy

Concern for the environmental impact of craft and interest in the emotional aspects of making, have informed this project. Materials and processes involving minimal environmental harm have been explored, producing objects that are aesthetically pleasing and some also function as interior design products.

I have created a series of artefacts in folded paper; a large mobile, a collection of light shades and some smaller elements designed for direct manipulation by others. Some of these are pre-scored folding templates to encourage personal exploration of origami techniques. These represent an interest in pattern, and geometry as key aesthetic elements, expressed through basic materials that encourage multi-sensory engagement for the viewer and the maker. This personal engagement is understood as highly significant in mental health and in fostering a sense of interdependence with the environment.

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