Microscapes was an editorial project exploring the most basic forms of visual language (lines, circles and squares), and their omnipresence in microscopic worlds and things.
Sometimes viewing things at a different scale or from a different point of view can lead to surprising insights, and connections between things that might at first appear unrelated.
After making abstract compositions from images taken by an electron microscope, I found that the simplest visual elements are universal even at the tiniest of scales. Many of the compositions began to take on the appearance of landscapes familiar to me in larger scales – a microneedle vaccine became analogous to a pine forest, the surface of a leaf like an aerial photograph of the Amazon River.
Using this approach, I was able to form relationships between seemingly different objects, places and things.
Aposematism (apo: away, semantic: sign/meaning
) is a set of physical characteristics adopted by living things to warn off potential predators.
I designed this museum poster and a set of icons to explore this idea after becoming interested in warning colouration systems, and the parallels between them in human culture and in nature.
Aposemantic adaptation is widespread in creatures like insects, frogs and reptiles, and can mean a range of things to a predator, from unpalatability, to poisonous venom, or the possibility of a bite or sting.
I was fascinated by how the same visual mechanisms are used to imply danger in human culture, like on street signs, or as a way of getting attention in systems of wayfinding.
The concept of aposematism was recently employed in SAMs
– a clever project using the idea of warning colouration to develop a shark-deterring wetsuit for surfers.
Today, extinction threatens more than 20% of the world’s plants, a big problem that could lead to the destruction of entire ecosystems.
The aim of this project was to build awareness of declining biodiversity and the disappearance of many of the earth’s plants, by creating visual ‘stories’ of some of the endangered species growing at Kew.
After visiting the gardens and talking with some of the staff there, I mapped out a ‘Disappearing Plants Trail’, and made a series of collectible books revealing unusual stories about three of the rarest varieties; the Jade Vive, Lady's Slipper Orchid and Wollemi Pine.
By uncovering and celebrating the uniqueness of these rare species, I hoped to highlight the importance of protecting them as individual creatures, and of conserving the biodiversity of plants as a whole.