Daisy Grange’s project revolves around our primal need as humans: for physical touch. The artist investigated why we crave or despise touch, and how to suggest someone’s imprint on an object. Grange explores why there are certain materials and objects we want to touch, and others we don’t. Is this due to texture or shape, or our yearning for comfort? “My final piece breaks the rule of ‘not touching the art’, and challenges viewers to overcome stigma and give into their desire,” says Grange. “I will be continuing to create large scale installations and sculptures that encourage participation at the University of Leeds.”
Tamsen Mellor-Gardner’s aims to create awareness of the Save the Bees campaign; she uses colours and fabrics that may not be available in future.
Philomene Olofio’s collection is inspired by African design patterns and also by Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream’’ speech.