The effects of stress and anxiety are often manifested in fidgeting, something that is usually discouraged. This body of work promotes fidgeting as a therapeutic activity. It is comprised of five separate handheld forms relating to different displacement activities such as rubbing, scratching, spinning, squeezing and pushing buttons; in this case switching on a light. The user would select which object relates to their fidgeting requirements. Each form is also an exploration of different making processes and materials that I have specifically developed for the aesthetic and tactile requirements of the individual pieces.
From a collection examining issues of mental health that have no simple medical treatment, the symptoms of which can be controlled to some extent but never completely cured. Instead of attempting a solution, the objects are intended to act as a series of coping mechanisms to the various manifestations of these conditions. The purpose is to comfort the user and improve mental well-being. The forms of the objects have been inspired by architectural spaces alluding to the comforting nature of homes and shelters.
A handheld Light made of cut perspex, silver and silicone. The action of pressing a button produces light. The silver is textured with lace, providing a tactile surface while sheilding sections of light.
Handheld form made from copper powder and resin with a black finish, that, when rubbed, reveals the copper underneath.
Handheld Silicone form. Squeezed to relieve stress. A smaller pewter faceted form slots inside and can be removed creating two contrasting tactile experiences; one light and soft and the other solid and weighty.
Handheld form covered with latex paint, that, when scratched, reveals layers of cast and sliced resin.
Cast resin handheld object with a pewter form that spins.