Unearthed is a toolkit that facilitates spatial practice. It seeks to generate motivation towards caring for New Zealand’s vulnerable natural ecologies. Each tool provides a change in perspective for the user by framing, focusing or locating a view or position within space. This heightened spatial perception forms an agenda for further care towards our natural environment.
Summit is a digital tool that prompts the use of the Unearthedtoolkit. In the form of an app it provides the necessary information that is needed to access, experience, document and rediscover natural ecologies.
Optic is a simple framing tool that offers moments of clarity within the often cluttered landscape. The frame pulls focus towards the finer details of our outdoor environments.
Scope is a simplistic tool that eliminates the users exterior surroundings by its close proximity to the face. This allows clarity for the user to then focus on their desired view.
Elizabeth & Leander 21.01.2017
Elizabeth and Leander tied the knot in a beautiful country rustic ceremony on a farm in Sanson. The reception was held at The Chalet in Palmerston North.
I designed, organised and set up this garden wedding with the help of family and friends of the couple. Native timber battens, no.8 wire, haybales, hessian and twine were they key features and materials used within this design.
Photographs by Nicole Marsden
Wraptup is a natural food packaging product that utilises the unique properties of New Zealand sheep’s wool for the insulation and delivery of food goods. Aiming to sustain the wool industry and replace polystyrene used in food delivery.
Reducing the amount of one-use plastic packaging (ie polystyrene) is a key environmental issue Wraptup addresses.
This was a collaborative project between three designers, Fashion, Textile and Spatial.
Inspired by Wellington's undulating landscapes, Slopes is a souvenir scarf that highlights some of the regions most iconic natural features. Having never visited Wellington previous to starting at Massy University, I was surprised by the mountainous forms that encased the city. Coming from a rural area myself, the hills offer a sense of home and have quickly become one of my favorite aspects of the city.
I have loved exploring both the nooks and heights of our city; finding and framing these breathtaking views. From the popular climb to Mt Victoria, to the sandy walk towards the seals and natural beauty of Red Rocks Reserve, Wellington has all bases covered.
Utilizing paper tearing and collage techniques has enabled me to craft these familiar sites. Fluid, gestural brushstrokes are layered with care, to emphasize the detail in these natural forms.
Slopes is one of two souvenir scarf designs that was chosen to go into production. It is available for purchase at the New Zealand Parliament Gift Shop in Wellington.
Clusters of glowing pebbles are strung in loops within the native plants, echoing a canopy, galaxy, dew or rain. The drops are open for interpretation, subtly highlighting its surroundings and casting a gentle reflection onto the water.
The natural inspiration and location contrasts to the installations artificial plastic materiality and speaks to the way we can experience natural phenomenon today.
Loom featured in the Meridian Gardens Magic event at the Wellington Botanic Gardens in 2016 and was a collaborative project between six designers coming from Industrial, Photography and Spatial backgrounds.