I have always had a great curiosity about why things are the way they are. Since childhood I have been fascinated with colour, materiality, shape & form and have tried to explore how the designer arrived at each particular combination of these elements. I have found that the thinking behind each object tells a story with so much more depth and emotion than the object itself, this ideology is what drives my design process and has begun to define my style of design. While my foundations lie in furniture and industrial product design I also have interests in media and graphic design as well as photography, fashion, painting and architecture. Along with critical design thinking I have a strong focus on the values of designs, often my work references historical objects whose pride in craftsmanship and durability meant something much more than it does in many of the designs today. When this historical reference is combined with the minimalist digital nature of my design work it creates a ‘harmonious contradiction.’ Core to my design style is this harmonious contradiction theory that certain elements which seem to contradict (a popular example could be eco-friendly vs. low cost of manufacture) can and must harmoniously co-exist and a balance point, it is this point that I strive to find in each of my designs. At every major step in my education I have reached greater and greater success, most recently having completed my Bachelor of Design Innovation with an A+ average. I strive to continue this exponential upward trend as I enter the second phase of my University Study at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Work Samples

  • Cloud

  • Cube

  • Cradle

Work History

  • Founder

    • realunreal
    • New York, NY
    • Apr 2013 - Present (1 year)

    Making the unreal real. Distorting the ever blurring lines between art & design, realunreal uses processes & methodologies drawn from both disciplines.

    The New York + New Zealand based studio offers services in consultancy, product & experience design.

    Realunreal also operates as in in house art studio with an evolving range of pieces available for commission & sale.

  • Lab Technician

    • Visible Futures Lab
    • Aug 2012 - Present (1 year 8 months)

    Involved leading workshops in the use of digital fabrication machinery and woodwork machinery as well as private consultation and design direction for students. Required strong workshop skills, safely training and teaching ability.

  • Tutor

    • Victoria University of Wellington
    • Feb 2012 - Jul 2012 (5 months)

    DSDN144 Photographics Tutor

  • Research Assistant

    • Victoria University of Wellington
    • Nov 2011 - Feb 2012 (3 months)

    Summer Scholars Research Scheme

  • Sales Assistant

    • Thomson's Suits
    • Apr 2008 - Jan 2009 (9 months)

    Retail Floor Assistant. Active involvement selling Menswear product to Customers. Gained experience in trending, retail educate, marketing and customer relations.

Education

  • School of Visual Arts

    • Masters of Fine Arts Products of Design
    • 2012 - 2014
  • Victoria University of Wellington

    • Bachelor of Design Innovation Industrial Design
    • 2009 - 2011

    USA Grade point average equivelant: 4.0 GPA (Educational Credentials Evaluators)

  • Lindisfarne College

    • 2004 - 2008

    (2008) Associate of New Zealand Speech Board Public Speaking Diploma - Teaching

  • Maraekakaho Primary School

    • 1995 - 2003

    Runners Up to Dux All Rounder

Specialties

Affiliations

BDI, Dip PS

Awards

School of Visual Arts Presidential Matching Scholarship 2012 School of Visual Arts' MFA Products of Design assistantship recipient Victoria Graduate Award Faculty of Architecture and Design Excellence Award Victoria University School Leavers Scholarship for Academic Excellence Mills Family Trust Scholarship

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