This week we’re looking at another one of our talented staff members, Product Designer Matt Shaw. Since leaving University Matt has been a part of the Spring Bank Mill Collective, a group of emerging artists and designers who are holding their next exhibition as part of the Free For Arts Festival. Proper Normal, Pal is being held at 4 Piccadilly Place with the Preview night being on the 19th October and the opening on Saturday 20th – Friday 26th October, 2 – 7pm.
Nostalgic Times (above) designed for the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, 2010
The PRESS stool (above) was designed and produced with the notion that a product could be constructed with “no nails, no screws, no glue”.
TABLE 325 (above and below) This product grew out of extensive structural exploration and experiments. All components were manufactured and fabricated by various companies in and around Manchester: Lazarian, City Glass, Chorlton Glass, J.E. Gordons, Håfele and APC Powder Coating.
Did you always know you wanted to be a designer + what was the first thing you ever designed?
In all honesty my first steps towards design started when I was around 10 years old. I used to help my gran do her gardening and then draw out the garden in plan view and decide where all the plants and bushes would go. I enjoyed both the physical work and the creativity, and for many years seriously considered Landscape Design.
I think each product I design suggests different materials to me, and in turn the manufacturing processes. Lots of things come in to consideration, such as whether the product has any tradition or etiquette, who the end user will be and whether it will be mass produced, batch produced or bespoke. Influential factors like this help define the character of a product.
I’ve never really thought about it like that. I’ve been told that I’m one of those annoying morning people, but I think creativity, for me, comes in bursts, ‘Light bulb moments’ if you like, and then grab a pen and paper to scribble down my thoughts.