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CROSS DISCIPLINARY PROJECTS

This module reaches across the creative disciplines at WUC as well as across our different levels of study. Both undergraduate students on the Art and the Environment and Landscape Architecture and Garden Design courses have explored the idea of creating art for a community response. The wide range of outcomes to the brief has proved an innovative and

interesting challenge to all.

CAITLIN CLARK

Kats Kindness Project is a Community wellbeing project to connect those struggling when alone and to brighten the lives of those around us.  

Around Writtle University Campus are hidden stones for the staff and students to interact with. 

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LAURA COHEN

“Dent on workplace stress” is a project designed to create intent along a previously used garden path behind a work studio. Research in workplace stress, music therapy and connection between art, the landscape, and humans led to the creation of a "gong" style art piece. Users were encouraged to take a "time token" on entry to their workplace and when that time came throughout the day, they were to take a break from their desk and interact with the piece in any way they wish. Results were positive and users began to use the area without prompting. 

AMY FLINT

For my cross disciplinary project, I crocheted two mandalas. These were then attached to two trees across the campus to aid wellbeing and improve spaces. 


Mandala is Sanskrit for circle, and they have a lot of symbolism in both Hindu and Buddhist culture. In these cultures, they represent parts of the universe and are used for meditation and prayer symbols. During meditation practices, it is believed that upon entering the mandala and moving towards its centre, the user is guided through a cosmic transformation and taken away from one's suffering (Invaluable, 2018). 


Notably, Carl Jung, a psychiatrist of Swiss nationality, has scientifically explored the psychological use of mandalas. He refers to mandalas as ‘the psychological expression of the totality of the self’ (Fractal Enlightenment, 2013).

CLAIRE JEBBITT

With the aim of creating artwork for the Writtle community centred on wellbeing and community, I sought to provide work that evokes senses of calm, serenity, energy, and joy. Through extensive artist and theorist research, Chromotherapy, remained a source of inspiration. Its use of colour and light to aid both mental and physical healing, became the focus of my work.  With a keen interest in acrylic painting, I find it interesting to study the relationship between colours and emotional interaction. 

 

With the emphasis being on community, I sought to learn what colour meant to the WUC community.  Using this information, I created two pieces of work which have been placed at the Centre of Sport and Health. A new space at Writtle University College, designed to work in collaboration with healthcare and health practitioners, whilst educating students on rehabilitation and fitness. 

The centre will be used by many different people, staff, students, and the public who attend rehabilitation here. The aim of my work is to provide a vibrant and energising backdrop for the gym and fitness area alongside the more calming and serene wall art displayed in the rehabilitation room. I look forward to producing more artwork in this Dutch Pour style to enhance more spaces. 

JIYEON PARK

Bloom the tree’, a community art project.

 

The arrangement was displayed in WUC’s Garden Room restaurant, and students and staff were invited to add petals to the branches. Over 30 petals were added to the display, which were all made from discarded drinking cups found on campus.

 

The aim of the project was to raise awareness about the use of disposable plastic, and to promote the use of reusable tumblers (following on from the Students’ Union campaign) for the health of the environment and community wellbeing.

Bloom the Tree

KAYLEY PASSINGHAM

Will it still matter tomorrow? is a neon effect sign created in response to the collective advice shared from the community within Writtle when asked to share some advice to benefit others that they wish they had learnt sooner. Situated in a corridor by the entrance/exit, the work acts as a prompt to promote self reflection.   

Will it still matter tomorrow?

CHRIS WICKERS

Using pallets and wood found around Writtle, i designed a makeshift standing Green Wall with the idea to use a Biophilic Design approach to indoor spaces, with one of its principles using a people centred approach to spaces that we live and work in. Planted within was a mix of Herbs for smell, colourful plants for sight and evergreen plants for feel, for a variety of senses for the user. 

 

Bringing nature inside has many health benefits for those within that space, with the connection to nature giving people the essential boosts needed for mental and physical wellbeing, such as memory improvements, reduced anxiety, stress, and depression. 

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