After our visit to the Brighton Grad show a couple of weeks ago there was one designer who really stood out to us. We thought her ideas were a new and fresh take on modern design and we could really see her products being used and developed in the future. We love the use of bright colours and bungee cord.
Veega combines old school knitting techniques with new materials and is bringing crocheting and weaving back in style in a big way!
You have been studying 3D Design and Craft at Brighton uni, what is it about textile techniques that interested you and made you pursue it for your final project?
Knitting is one of the first crafts I was taught as a child, by my mum and grandmother. It has been a skill that I have known how to do for a long time but never used in my own work until coming to University. My final year project was based around the idea of comfort within furniture, which led me back to knitting. I decided I wanted to take this skill further and combine it with other textile techniques such as crocheting and weaving. I started to combine textiles with wood to create innovative and interactive pieces, which were confortable but also structurally durable.
Talk to us about your idea behind the tubing for the chair and how you see that developing in the future.
The chair with the tubes is called the Needle Chair, as each of the four legs represent a needle. This allows the tubes to pass through them and interlock with one another, almost like in embroidery but on a larger scale. As the tubing is easily removed and replaced, I would like to consider different materials to knit with to improve durability, aesthetics and comfort. I very much like working with vibrant colours and can also see myself developing a range of colour ways.
Tell us a little about the technique you used for the wooden framing, we love that you have chosen to use Ash and have left it unstained. Where do you get your design inspiration?
The Needle chair is completely handmade by me. Firstly I started with the ‘needle’ parts, which join to the legs. Four needle shapes are cut from a solid piece of ash using a band saw and then a hole is drilled through to allow the tubing to feed in and out. The ‘needles’ are routed to give significant round corners for aesthetics and comfort. Secondly all the other parts of the chair are lathed on the lathe that includes the legs. When all the parts are lathed, sanded and ready to go, the chair gets assembled and everything is glued together. It’s left over night clamped to dry. Lastly the frame needs a last bit of sanding and a finish, which in this case is just a water-based lacquer, my favourite type of finish because it does not affect the colour of the wood, protects it and leaves a semi-matt finish.
I get inspiration from anyone, and anywhere, the main focus in this project was the experimentation with textiles techniques and then finding its potential application.
What is your favourite material to work with, we can see you have been experimenting with bungee cord and different yarns.
I have worked and experimented with a lot of different materials this year, but I am drawn to the more synthetic yarns such as bungee cord, rubber etc. Bungee Cord is quite difficult to work with but the results are extremely satisfying, as it creates durable structures but also, in my opinion creates an elegant appearance. The results of traditional textiles techniques combined with the contemporary synthetic materials are quite intriguing.
If you could find a dream retail buyer for your designs, whom would you choose?
The dream retail buyer would probably be Heal’s.
What’s next for you now you have graduated?
Next is the New Designers show in London and then time will tell.
Finally can we take a peek at your workspace?
Check out Veega’s Website and social links below!