The latest collection from young Welsh designer Miriam Jones will be on display at this year’s Designersblock edition 16 in collaboration with Artsthread at the Southbank centre, London.
In her latest collection of kitchen utensils, boxes, and jewellery, Miriam takes inspiration from objects found around her farm, in which she explores their form and functions in order to reinvent or redefine their purpose and meaning.
Her statement Jewellery made of rope, wire and wood are inspired by blue and orange farm ropes found tied round posts to secure an old forged gate on her farm. Miriam focuses on the striking colour and how rope is re used for many purposes around the farm, such as the cow bell that’s intended for farmers to hear and identify their cattle.
The use of colour is prominent in her work, and is stemmed from her experiences in Africa, where Miriam successfully climbed Kilimanjaro, and learnt about the Massai tribe’s use of bright colours in their jewellery.
The kitchen utensils she will be exhibiting are inspired by the wooden spoon often found in peoples kitchen. In African culture a ladle or spoon is a symbol of hospitality. Miriam draw’s in on the spoon’s versatility in cooking to accomplish tasks before the use of electric mixers. Using the spoon as her starting point she develops a range of objects for cooking which gives a suggestion of its function, but it’s the user who defines it’s use, allowing the object to become hospitable for the user’s needs.
Miriam will also be exhibiting her latest creations of wood turned boxes, inspired by old tin pots found around her farm, she’s intrigued how these pots are re used for other purposes. There’s an element of surprise within this process of unveiling what’s within the pots, and finding something completely different to what’s labelled on the outside. Miriam’s boxes are undefined, but decorative, allowing the user to determine their use and purpose.
About Miriam Jones
First and foremost Miriam is a maker. Her work is very much concept driven and is often inspired by history and symbolism drawn from her Welsh background.
Farming is an important element which influences her work. From her upbringing on a small Farm in North Wales, she explores the notion of make do and mend which is strong within many farming cultures.
Two elements frequently occur in Miriam’s work, which are binding and layering, but are often utilized to have different meanings based on inspirations.
Graduating with first class honours on the 3d design course at Manchester school of art in 2012, Miriam is currently undertaking an MA design course, developing her practice to create new range of products due for release in 2014.
Inspire — Experience — Interact— Explore
New furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics and jewellery from 60 Uk and International independent designers
International pavilions – Ung Svensk Form – La Tlapaleria diseno mexicano – India Art n Design
Designers in Production – New work from established designers and companies.
The Fifth element – Science Tecnology and Process in Design – 30 cutting edge projects.
Programme – Conference Workshops Screenings Presentations
Public opening times
19th to 22nd September