Studying Interior Design has taught me more than I ever thought it would. I didn’t have any expectations of what I would take from the course; I went into my first year knowing that I wanted to be doing something creative and that Interior Design felt like the right way to do that on a big scale.
Throughout my studies I have faced some challenges. Within the first week of the course, I fell over and dislocated my knee cap, resulting in reconstructive surgery on my leg (not ideal!). The university were great and supported me working from home and catching up on the work I had missed. But, looking back this has never taken away from what I have achieved during my time at Cardiff Met.
In my second year I really felt that I found who I was as a designer, when I completed my first installation ‘Lilly’. This was my first really successful project and pushed me to want to achieve bigger and better things.
Straight after my Lilly project came the opportunity to gain some work experience through the ‘field’ part of the course. After an interview and presentation, I was lucky enough to gain a place on the Arts Council of Wales project, ‘Part of the Furniture’ where me and two of my fellow students (Eleonora Piga and Jarret Williams) completed a 10 week project where we taught interior design in a primary school in Pembrokeshire which resulted in constructing new furniture and redesigning their classroom, to show the impact that design could have on how we behave in our environments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt2rcW2Zal0&t=235s – Pembrokeshire Video
I am most proud of my final project that I completed ‘Explore’, which was set to allow us to design whatever defined us as a designer. I created ‘Floatable Lifestyle’ which was a range of sustainable, tiny, floating homes that set out to help the population in numerous ways. Not only did this project help me massively in achieving a First-Class degree, but also win the Cardiff Metropolitan University Interior Design Award. I have now received an unconditional to return to Cardiff Met, on the MRes Art and Design Research course, to continue developing ‘Floatable Lifestyles’ (which I am very excited about!)
After finishing my degree during the corona virus pandemic, I was disappointed – as was everyone – that I didn’t get any exposure for my work due to the end of year show being cancelled. So, through lots of research (and hundreds of emails) later I was lucky enough to have my work featured in a few online galleries including, The Social Distancing Art Project and Points of View and Shim Emerge. I was also featured on the Student Gallery, who not only shared my work across social media but interviewed me and published an article on my work as their ‘featured artist of the week’.
My work ‘Floatable Lifestyles’ also appeared in Design Week Magazines, “Design Weeks favourite projects from graduate season” Having my work featured in such an esteemed magazine is a huge achievement for me and something that I am incredibly proud of – a great way to end the course.
Online Design Portfolio: https://www.jaisysdesigns.com/