New Designers

Vessel’s Crafted out of Waste with Mia Parkinson

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Home products made from waste fats, to purses fashioned out of shedded snake skins. Our 2019 show saw new designers working towards the future to tackle global concerns by exploring bizarrely brilliant new materials.

‘Jesmonite and Resin Vases’

After collecting some university ‘rubbish’ Mia liked the look of she decided to create vessels from layers of environmental waste, jesmonite and resin.

Sustainability is obviously very important to you and your focus. What is it about sustainability that resonates with you as a designer?

I suppose the important thing for me is making art which does not have a big impact on the environment. Using recycled and eco -friendly materials are my first steps to sustainable art, after all the planet should be everyone’s concern.

What is your goal as a designer?

In the future I really want to be in a position to support myself financially through producing my own collections and commissions. Renting a studio would be a dream.

Who or what is your biggest influence/inspiration?

Jack Henry is the artist who inspired me to experiment with materials. His use of layering plaster with recycled objects really appealed.

How do you push through a creative block?

I usually go out and take photographs. Seeing the world through a lens gives you a different perspective on the world around you.

What’s next for you, where will you focus your next project?

Although getting a part job is a necessity, my main focus is to design and make the collection for the National Trust. I am taking inspiration from Canons Ashby a local National Trust property.

Hypothetically, if your studio was a blaze and you could save one thing, what would it be? 

No hesitation here – the only thing I would save would be my wonderful Chow Chow- Pumbaa, he’s always by my side.


💥 TAKEOVER BY ONE YEAR IN ALUMNI 💥When I came to New Designers in 2017 my main exhibition was focused around a 26 page non-fiction book about reptiles that I created for my uni final major project. As I mentioned in my first post it was here I met my brilliant publishers Pavilion. I worked with them to turn that 26 page book into my first full 96 page non-fiction book Really Remarkable Reptiles which released summer of last year (an amazing and surreal experience). ⁠


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