Nubivagant and Arboreal are two collections created whilst studying on the MA Textiles course at the University of Brighton. These collections are focused on improving wellbeing within commercial interior spaces. This explores more specially improving wellbeing, through the use of abstract and figurative interpretations of the outdoors. This questions the relationship between interior space and wellbeing, and draws on themes such as biophillic design and colour psychology.
Particularly within urban areas there is a need for health-conscious design. Studies show that city dwellers may have a 21% greater likelihood of developing anxiety disorders, and a 39% increased risk of mood disorders, compared to people living more rurally. (East, S. 2016) These collections confront these statistics by exploring two main areas: image and biophillic design (biophillic design is essentially designing using natural elements to improve inhabitant’s welfare). This work questions how each of these elements impacts wellbeing within urban spaces.
Spending time outdoors and being amongst nature is proven to have positive effects on our health. This investigation concentrates specifically on the benefits of nature and the outdoors, and aims to recreate a sense of the outdoors, indoors through a combination of abstract and figurative printed textiles
This investigation culminates with two textile collections that focus particularly on the hospitality industry and office spaces. These collections explore a versatile range of colours, patterns and textures that have the ability to create both energised spaces as well as subdued atmospheres.