When participating in the New Designers 2013 graduate show I was one of 5 students awarded the Future Pioneer award by the Design Council for this project.

When participating in the New Designers 2013 graduate show I was one of 5 students awarded the Future Pioneer award by the Design Council for this project.

To the right is a slideshow of how the quilt was made. Credits go out to Morgan Faverty for the animal illustrations and Lizzie Barnes (mum) for her amazing sewing skills.

Seeing as I don't come from a traditional textiles background, when making the quilt I was inclined to use the '3D making' skills I already know. Hence I developed a technique of appliqué by iron-ing on Bondaweb glue to sheets of fabric, and then having them cut into the desired shapes using the laser-cutter. This navigated the issues of myself not being able to sew, as I could easily manipulate and create complicated shapes through this technique. Once the fabric was glued into position, Lizzie would whiz around on her sewing machine.

You can see the finished quilt below...

A way to combat symptoms of loneliness experienced by children staying long periods of time in hospital.

The Communication Quilt uses augmented reality technology to open up an additional line of communication between the child and their loved ones. Each animal illustration on the quilt can be linked to a friend or family member, who can in turn leave digital messages for the child to read using a smart device. This highly personal form of communication can be an alternative to  Facebook, email or text.

Simultaneously the intimate tactile nature of the quilt also serves as a physical source of comfort which, when combined with the personal messages, provides a greater sense of security to the child in what is a potentially distressing time.