Monday, 28 March 2011


I think our presentation last Wednesday went quite well. It seemed to have all the right ingredients:
What we were all about
·         Our postconsumer product
·         Facts & figures
·         Graphics
·         Animation
·         Video
·         And a bit of humour
It certainly made it a lot easier having a script to read instead of always looking at the screen for prompts or reading directly from the screen at the same time as the audience.
I am certainly glad to have been a member of Teamgorgeous and to have met and worked with such creative people.
I’m sorry now that it has come to an end but we all have to move on, and I will take such a lot with me from all my fellow students.
A great thank you to you all, I will miss you.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Millfield Rubbish

It is only about 200 yards of where I live to the small local Cooperative shop and fast-food take-away yet here is some of the litter I photographed on Saturday morning 19 march 2011 just after 7am.

And all within walking distance of these, which are adjacent to the shop.

There is a recycling lorry which collects items on a Monday morning and a number of items such as aluminium cans and plastic bottles are often blown from the bins on the lorry or the men miss the bins completely and the rubbish is left on the street.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Individual Box Prices

All the prices are in GB pence.

                    Small         Medium         Large
Burger          0.15             0.17             0.19

Pizza              0.17             0.19             0.21

Soup              0.08             0.10             0.12

Seed Boxes

Here are images of the small (1 1/2") peat seed containers from Dobbies we talked about on Thursday. The distance from centre to centre is 1 1/2 inches.

The next size up are the 2 1/2" pots.

Dobbies Canteen

Here are a three images of Dobbies Canteen.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Initial Animation Idea

Very basic film idea made by Becca.

This will be made even better by her and Jonathan.

Sown Boxes Leaflet

Growing Spaces

I'm doing my 3rd year work experience with Alex Wilde and Art Link. They are running a growing week at the end of March at the Royal Hospital in Edinburgh.

Shame we'll have probably done our presentation by then!

Blossoming Garden!

This is the garden my block of flats shares. I'm desperate to fix it up and always thought it was just neglected. Until the other day when I noticed....

Can't wait till all these daffs come out!

Smoking area, DoJ Canteen

Last week, Stephen, Yi Nan and Jen studied the outdoor smoking area near the DoJ canteen. It's a great spot, overlooked by lots of studios - but has fallen into disrepair. It's a shame that the only people who get to appreciate this outdoor space are smokers - which will put most others off. There's a patio with shocking orange plastic chairs and a large sloping grass area covered in over-growing bushes. This would be a perfect place to have our little veg area - and clearly isn't being used at the moment. Long term it would be great to have some apple trees - perhaps some Braeburn and cooking apples to sell in the shop and use in the canteen. We could encourage students to get involved and create wall murals, trellises made from recycled materials, reclaimed bricks etc.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Backdated work

Quick thoughts on SOWN boxes, which were included in brainstorming session.

Basic box design

Design trust Pages

Tuesday, 1 March 2011



Ehrenfeld, J.K. 2008. Sustainability by Design; A Subversive Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture. New Haven; Yale University Press.

Fisher, T., Shipton, J. 2010. Designing for Re-Use: The Life of Consumer Packaging. London; Earthscan.

Matthew Taylor, 2008. Matthew Taylor's Blog; Post Consumerism. [online] Available at; [Accessed 20th February 2011].

Palisades Pictures Productions[Directed by Rob Van Alkemade, 2007. What Would Jesus Buy? [film].


Recycling Guide. 2003. How Materials Are Recycled. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 1st March 2011]

City Farmer, Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture. 2001. The German Allotment Gardens – a Model For Poverty Alleviation and Food Security in Southern Africa Cities? [Online] Available at: [Accessed 1st March 2011]

Soper, Kate. 2006. The Other Pleasures of Post-Consumerism. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 1st March 2011]

Tree of Life Organics. 2011. Your Local Cornish Organic Vegetable Box Scheme. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 1st March 2011]