Kit Wright

Hi, I’m Kit Wright.

I’m an artist and educator with an enthusiasm for nature, art, storytelling, and living ecologically. Over the past two years, I have explored outdoor education, forest schooling, art-based environmental education, and indigenous eco philosophies. Viewing the human relation to nature in geosophical knowledge systems through the lens of creative activities has helped me explore my origin story, forge a connection to the natural world, and develop an ecological self. As a result, I created Chatter Projects art and nature workshops from which Cards For Ecology educational resources developed. Chatter Projects workshops and Cards For Ecology resources combine storytelling, art and play to encourage engagement with and reflection of the natural world, our relationship with nature, and our place within the delicate ecosystem which sustains us. 

Chatter Projects workshops allow the voices of the landscape and people to shape the creative process. Whilst prompting conversations about the relationship between art and nature; creativity and the various environments that we inhabit. 

Cards For Ecology are art and nature activity cards developed with original nature stories and retellings of ancient narratives to help children explore their relationship with the natural world. The foundational idea of the cards is that through the development of an empathetic relationship with nature, ecocentrism can be cultivated. 

Chatter Projects are cognisant of worries surrounding the climate crisis by creating sensitive resources with age-appropriate language and content. Focusing on creating interest in and appreciation of nature to tackle cognitive dissonance towards climate change, nature deficit disorder, deficiency in climate awareness, and depleting nature engagement. By presenting opportunities that engage people with the natural environment, forging a connection to nature through curious exploration and creative activities. The resources cultivate ecocentric values by reorienting people’s relationship to the natural world.

Chatter Projects Website: www.chatterprojects.co.uk

Cards for Ecology are an educational tool kit to help children and adults reflect upon their current relationship to the natural world. The cards aim to generate opportunities to connect or reconnect with nature and actively involve participants to consider the climate.

I created Chatter Projects to make materials for parents, educators and children to start conversations about the environment. Our resources and workshops encourage creativity, discussion and imaginative engagement with the world around us.

Who are they for?

The card sets have been developed for teachers and parents to use with individuals, pairs, or groups of children. The cards work in a flexible way to suit your activity needs, in the sense that you could opt to just use workshop cards, or a mix of character cards and chatter cards. You could shuffle them all together or keep them within their specified categories. Each category has a purpose of its own and works separately or alongside another category.

How to use the cards

Each activity box kit has an accompanying information booklet which outlines the ways in which the cards can be used. Each card pack has a card which outlines the ways in which the cards can be used. Each card has a label on the left-hand corner which is visible when the deck is fanned out, the labels show what category the card falls into. The cards are developed to be intuitive and flexible in the sense that they can be shuffled up and picked at random, although there are suggested orders for workshop cards that can be found in the information booklets and followed if the user chooses to do so. 

Different card packs

  • 01 Shared Earth
  • 02 Insect Rescuer
  • 03 World Adventurer

01 Shared Earth

02 Insect Rescuer

03 World Adventurer

Check out my ChatterProjects.co.uk website to find out more – Kit Wright

www.chatterprojects.co.uk

Richa Verma

Unlock the new consumer path

OFFLINE GOING ONLINE

During my stay in New Delhi, I came across how people in India are coping with the pandemic. What interested me the most was the queuing system. There was a box drawn in front of the shop, keeping a distance of 1 m and people had to stand on that box and wait for there turn to buy daily essential products.

Concept

Big companies like Amazon, Nykaa, Flipkart, Zomato, etc. have already made their position in the market as an e-commerce brands in India.

But what about the small-scale retail & medical shops? As observed people are still putting their lives at risk and going to these local grocery stores and medical stores. They have to stand in queues for hours to wait for their turn and maintain social distance. There is a trust been built between the customers and these small retails? My concept will motivate these small retail shops to come online and sell their products through this app.

Through my application you can search the nearby grocery & medical store which you are already aware of, place your order and select the time which is suitable to you and a delivery person will be sent to these shops and will safely deliver your order.

With the help of this app small retails can increase their sales and maintain social distancing.

With the help of this application, people can easily order essential products from small retailers while sitting at home safe. And also these retailers can sell there products having minimum workers to support social distancing.

Unique Features

Once you open the app you will have a walkthrough in which you can see the precautions taken by us, to ensure your safety, i.e. Order Placement with minimum clicks, Zero contact between the delivery agent and the retailer, Contactless Delivery, Time to time sanitization and environment-friendly process.

Once the customer places the order and it gets confirmed with the retailer, customer will get the information like body temperature and medical history of the delivery agent and the guy who packed the order, ensuring the safety.

Once the food is delivered to you, your feedback is most valuable to us which will ask u certain questions like if the delivery person was wearing mask and gloves and maintained social distancing.

If one of the above precautions is not followed you can cancel the delivery.

With every order you placed, we will donate one mask and small sanitizer.(optional)

Xudong Zhang

Statement

Let’s make is a creative community, and the whole website will focus on plastic and reuse. Here we will share the plastic artworks of outstanding designers, which may include installation art, graphic design, architectural design and so on. It can provide you with more inspiration and plastic solutions. Secondly, there will be tutorials made and uploaded by users in the community, so that everyone can learn from each other and make small artworks and decorations according to their favorite tutorials. At the same time, the recycling sites in this city will be stored to make it easier for everyone to find them. Let’s contribute to environmental protection together!

Contact

E-mail:xudong.zhang.bcu@gmail.com
website

Degree

MA Art and Design

This module mainly introduces and analyzes some excellent works of art, using plastic and other garbage materials. Let people see more reuse solutions.
This part consists of artists’ works. I designed this part of the layout more flexibly, breaking the traditional alignment. Pictures can be dragged and moved, and users can interact with websites in this process.
Circles is one of the most important modules in the website, which contains many tutorials about making handmade art with plastic. I investigated many different design websites, consulted them, produced different tutorial contents, and then pre-filled them in the web page. In this module, I hope I just built a platform to learn and share with each other, and everyone can produce their own content, which can be video, picture or text. Reuse the waste plastics and make them into things that can bring convenience to our lives.
The main function of this module is a map. I investigated and marked the recycling site of plastic waste in Birmingham in advance. Invoking the api interface of Google Maps, people can click the icon and jump to the details page of Google Maps, and then start navigation to the destination. The icon is designed as a smiling face, hoping to encourage people to participate in garbage collection through this design.
In order to make the mobile phone have a better experience in opening web pages, the typesetting has been slightly adjusted, which is more in line with the user’s habits.

Jane Anderson

Statement

My postgraduate research has thrown me on an unlikely path away from my design roots, and into a rekindling with the natural world, and more lately, a fascination with fungi. Connecting design thinking and explorative practice, questioning the design industry’s contribution to the climate emergency, and considering how materials might somehow get us out one at least one ecological mess have all been part of where my work has gone previously. Themes have been disparate on the surface – but plastic, biomaterials, charcoal and now mushrooms have common concerns, and all of them are connected through a reflection on the Anthropocene and the circular economy.

Over the past year I have been on a fumbling foray into amateur mycology, investigating the material of mycelium and their fruiting bodies – mushrooms – on a number of levels. The untapped potential of this organism may just hold the key to designing ourselves out of some of the issues we are facing, and as an educator myself, I am keen to allow my own research to influence, inform, and inspire.

I’ve created an online resource – Threads – in order to disseminate some of the research I have been doing, in the hope of turning more people on to the magic of mushrooms. I also have a view to holding Threads as a fungi festival next year – see the link above to collaborate or get involved.

Contact

jane.anderson@bcu.ac.uk
myceliumthreads.com

Degree

Art & Design

Suixin Zhang

“Obviously, the theme is nature.

We are human beings, and nature has slipped away from us, er have become estranged from it.

We have methods for approaching it, for bridging the gap, for trying to understand nature.

One such method is science.

It asks questions and answers them with names and models.

However, it can only answer the questions which have been formulated.

But where questions can no longer be formulated and answers are nonetheless given, we are in the domain of art. 

– Paul-Armand Gette. <Transplant>

Project: Planting the City

-“Planting the city” is a hypothetic scenario that I have explored through practice-based research that aims to imagine a possible world where man-made objects or things have life of their own. It originates from my personal understanding and observation of the changes between the city and nature:

Within an imaginary city, buildings would then breath, feel, grow and die in the same way as other living things such as plants or trees.

-The project is going to divide into three parts. 

In the first part, I will create a “planting space” based on plant propagator (a covered, typically container filled with earth or compost, used for germinating or raising seedlings). In the second part, I will record the “growth process” of these small buildings in the form of photos and observation diaries (Pseudoscience record).

Third part: I shall walk in Birmingham to look for illegally growing green belts and plant urban bricks. Moreover, I will collect the elements affecting urban growth such as air, soil, and the plants in these environments through 100 self-made planting city record sheets. In the form of metaphor, I endeavour to imagine how the planting city grows.

Part1. – Building area (Installation), 2020
Part2. – Recording (Excerpts), 2020

Part3. – Recording Sheet (Excerpts), 2020

-The size of recording sheets( 10cm x 8cm) is to allow the audience to paste these records in any corner they want in the physical display room after finishing watching. I strongly encourage them to do so, since this action exactly corresponds to my planting behavior in the city of Birmingham. At the same time, the audience can be better encouraged to participate in the atmosphere created by the artwork.

Suixin Zhang

Zhang Suixin is an artist who expresses her attitude by exploring the contrast between different materials. Plants, paper and the practice of Chinese painting are the main elements of her works.

Those works generally focus on the fundamental question that affect normal life, such as natural decline, urban construction, and cultural conflicts. Besides, she also good at using tiny, unique personal narration to reshape these grandiose themes.

Contact

zh-yen@qq.com

Website

Degree

Contemporary Arts China

Helen Flaherty

RE-WILDING EDUCATION

Short Film, 2020

“RE-WILDING EDUCATION” is a short film which didactic topic investigates the concept of rewilding education through eco-phenomenology, eco-psychology and structural design. Set within the natural landscape of forests, fields and abandoned spaces, you are given a complex multifaceted video piece which has the intended purpose of questioning the space which it presents.  Contemplation, reflection and a collage of ideas and spaces are pieced together this multi-layered film. Reflecting on St Peter’s Seminary a Roman Catholic place of study which went through many changes over its time, it was the perfect location to critically compare concepts of education with the history of the space. This conceptual piece is a manifestation of the future intended to extend our connection to nature and utilise the spaces we educate into their highest potential through psychological play and ecology. 

Statement

My body of research focuses predominantly on eco-phenomenology and eco-psychology, which I develop and use as an investigative tool to enhance educational spaces through design and psychology. I educate through the exploration of herbology, witchcraft and alternate religious practises. Specifically their aid in self care and the body. This can take the form of workshops, explorative film or immersive instillation.

Contact

Helenflahertyart.com

Helenflahertyart@gmail.com

Degree

Arts and Education Practices