Stephen Johnson’s work considers how design can exist for the cognitive, as well as our more commonly perceived physical needs. Through ornamentation and kitsch he considers design as fulfilling emotional needs like humour and nostalgia. Using a wide range of materials including metal, plastic, fabrics and found ornaments Stephen aims to hold our attention in a sustained state of wonder.
“The course showed me multiple approaches to working with materials and processes. It is wonderful to have learned such a broad range of skills in an industry that is rapidly changing and where previous creative divisions are continually merging.”
During his studies in Brighton, Stephen made good use of the Creative Enquiry modules which run alongside the main studio practices. “I’m glad that Creative Enquiry is still going strong it’s an experience that I hold very dear.”
“I was asked to design a range of perfumes for a fashion house and my Creative Enquiry skills really did come into play...It was such a joy to start from a few loose words in a brief, then develop ideas through a stint of Creative Enquiry, and a few too many coffees, and finally to come up with a series of final objects.”
“I have so much love for WMCP (Woods, Metals, Ceramics and Plastics, now Design and Craft). It's a ‘gem’ that course, something I recognise more and more every day in my practice.”