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Students pool design talents for 3D creations

25 November 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Designers give a day and a half to make unique costumes  

Multi-talented students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have pooled their skills to create six unique costumes as part of a collaborative project.

To welcome architecture students to the newly formed School of Art, Design and Fashion, tutors placed students from a variety of design courses together and challenged them to create a 3Dimensional object that could be worn on any part of the body. Each of the six groups took inspiration from a specific architectural plan drawing from designers including Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind.

 

"To have four design disciplines in one team meant we could approach the project from several different angles and use each individual’s strengths to make the project work.”

The architecture, fashion, interior and product design students were only given a ‘kit’ consisting of card, tape, paper clips, hole punch, split pins and staples and given a day and a half days to get creative. Results included a Lady Ga-Ga esque outfit, gladiator type armour and a warrior helmet.

Zoe Underwood, a 19-year-old second year interior design student, commented: “It’s been a great challenge and good fun. To have four design disciplines in one team meant we could approach the project from several different angles and use each individual’s strengths to make the project work.”

Fellow student, 19-year-old Jake Owen, who is in the second year of his product design degree, said: “We’ve all got creative mind sets and it’s given us a chance to learn from each other. It’s a taste of what we can expect in industry when different disciplines work together all the time.”

 

"It was good to see how the students worked with other courses and how they managed to create some very innovative designs in such a short period of time.”

The final designs were paraded in the UCLan PR1 Gallery by a nominated student from each team.

The idea for the project came from course leader for architectural technology Ann Vanner and interior design lecturers Pam Eccles and Jason Kearns.

Ann added: “We wanted to introduce our students to one another and thought that the best way to do this was to run a short collaborative project. It was good to see how the students worked with other courses and how they managed to create some very innovative designs in such a short period of time.”

All students who took part in the challenge were second year BSc (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Fashion and Brand Promotion, Interior Design and Product Design students.