Carol Crawford is a young designer exhibiting as part of ‘Ready to Ship’, a group of graduates from Edinburgh College of Art. Her work integrates a love for travel and design. The aim is to create a style based upon these factors, and translate these into various products. She has been inspired mainly by Sri Lanka and has utilised Sri Lankan culture as the theme throughout her designs.
She found whilst visiting Sri Lanka she was particularly interested in the island’s layers of textures and colours and as such these themes are a constant throughout her work. By using pattern, texture and colour she began to develop a suitable style that could be forms By using pattern, texture and colour she began to develop a suitable style that could be transferred into unrelated forms. This led to experimenting with aesthetic boundaries and alternative ways to create surface texture. The use of bright uncommon colours and experimental embroidery led to the development of a seating arrangement alongside the use of light.
Bamkuva is a decorative bench, made from a combination of wood, colourful fabrics and metal, the steel frame of which was partly embroidered. The work was based on sights that Carol had come across on her travels around Sri Lanka. Her second product Lantääruma is a table lamp, made from a combination of steel and blown glass, which was designed to demonstrate the possibilities of transferring a style onto unrelated objects. Carol is currently working on additional collection of interior products named arumosam using the same style.
Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.
24 – 27 Sep 2009
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00
Register on the Designersblock website.