Young Product Designer of the year. Runner up
Scottish Design Exchange’s inaugural Young Product Designer of the Year competition attracted some of Scotland’s brightest young talents (aged 16 to 25) and proved that innovation in product design is alive and well in Scotland – from self-assembly jewellery to windproof jackets made from parachutes the entries were varied and stunning.
Organised in 2018 to coincide with Scotland’s Year of Young People, the competition was designed to spark the creativity of our young people and encourage them to think big. The runner up won £250 cash to develop their product and 12 months commission-free space on the Scottish Design Exchange online store.
Functional with a unique twist
Enter Rosey Norman who completed a degree in fashion at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2018, and whose graduate collection included the design and creation of a Windshirt for outdoors wear such as climbing, walking, running and cycling. It was this windshirt that granted her second place in the competition for its sustainability and highly unusual source material.
Rosey’s entry went down a storm with the judging panel. As Mike Stevenson, SDX chair and founder of Thinktastic says:
"Here was a young designer taking and repurposing a material that may have otherwise gone to waste and then creating something attractive and highly-useful and, with a unique backstory. Rosey creates using ripstop nylon recycled from ejector seat parachutes.
How could we not be impressed?”
The material Rosey uses makes each windshirt very resistant to wind and water as well as very distinctive in appearance. Her creations are vibrant, breathable and light. Amazingly, each windshirt weighs less than 80g and folds down into a 20x5cm bundle - fastened with a piece of ribbon scavenged from the parachute remnants. All this means it can be packed and carried about easily and quickly.
If that wasn’t enough, each windshirt incorporates elements of the parachute – making each piece totally unique with its provenance attached.
Rosey now has ambitions to extend her collection sourcing new materials. She wants to scavenge tents from festivals and sails from boats. These are high tech fabrics that are often wasted. This is a perfect opportunity to give them a new life and purpose.
You can follow her work through her site and Social Media.
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