Fidgets

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.

Press

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.

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Rub

Handheld form made from copper powder and resin with a black finish, that, when rubbed, reveals the copper underneath.

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Squeeze

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.

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Scratch

Handheld form covered with latex paint, that, when scratched, reveals layers of cast and sliced resin.

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Spin

Cast resin handheld object with a pewter form that spins.

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