FEMALE EMPOWERMENT THROUGH DESIGN

Wednesday’s are for the girls! 

Today we are looking to the freshest designers who are inspired by the female form, representing diversity and utilising design to bring about important conversations around woman and women’s health. 

Discover the rising stars of the future as they share their innovative designs through this trending topic. 

Beth Notman, Heriot-Watt
Grace Farey, Nottingham Trent
Kiesha Gibson, Nottingham Trent
Chloe McNeil, Nottingham Trent
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BETH NOTMAN

BA (Hons) Design for Textiles, Heriot-Watt University

A collection of knitted fabrics and garment designs that are a ‘twist on timeless’ whilst promoting body shapes from a range of cultures showing racial diversity within the fashion market.

GRACE FAREY

BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Nottingham Trent University 

This designer decided to create a period product brand called ‘Bleedin Hell’.

From research and observation, this designer saw many supermarkets supplied period brands that looked very similar. The names such as ‘Always’ and ‘Body Form’ did not depict any realness of the pain of periods. The packaging was dark, often floral and discreet. 

This brands aim is to empower people and not to feel embarrassed regarding periods.

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KIESHA GIBSON

BA (Hons) Decorative Arts, Nottingham Trent University 

This collection celebrates the female form and challenges conventional beauty ideals, whilst starting a conversation about these issues, with hopes to inspire people to love and appreciate their own bodies

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CHLOE MCNEILL

BA (Hons), Graphic Design, Nottingham Trent University

This project set out to create a women’s hair removal brand that challenges social expectations and celebrates ‘imperfections’.

Common hair removal brands often use shame tactics on order to sell products, this design aimed for the brand to give the consumer choice, while delivering high quality and sustainable pieces of equipment. Real hair is an uncommon visual within other brands and this is something that the designer wanted to combat.

BECCA CUNNINGHAM

BA (Hons) Ceramic Design. University of Ulster 

I am a ceramic artist who draws inspiration from social constructs and the interconnected relationships we have with ourselves and others.
My current body of work comprises hand thrown forms symbolising the female figure. The textured interior of these vessels aims to represent the influence of internalised misogyny on girls and women, including the detrimental behaviours we project onto one another by internalising sexist ideals and expectations. 

MEHNAZ SATVIKER

BA (Hons) Product Design and Management, Aston University 

Early Breast cancer diagnosis is affected by many factors, one of which is having a lack of knowledge of signs and symptoms.

Men and women from the BAME (Black, Asian, Ethnic, Minority) communities are less likely to check for breast cancer due to social detriments. This product allows you to visualise and feel the 12 signs associated with breast cancer with inspiration taken from the ‘Know Your Lemons’ breast awareness foundation. 

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ANNABEL CHATWIN

BA (Hons) Product Design, University of the West of England 

CurveBra is the first ever off the shelf bra designed for scoliosis. Until now women with scoliosis have had to wear sports bras or endure discomfort with regular bras.

CurveBra is a great start at introducing different bodies into mainstream clothing stores, raising awareness of scoliosis which affects 1 in every 25 people, predominantly women and showing scoliosis is not something that should be hidden away instead embraced and be proud of.

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ZAC BREWER

BA (Hons) 3D Design, University of Plymouth 

Specialising in the combination of traditional woodworking and digital fabrication methods this emerging designer produces functional objects with simplicity, if something is working – why change it?

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