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Furniture students join collaborative showcase

Two furniture students will be showcasing their talents at an event designed to foster creative collaborations.

Hattie Speed and Avian Evans-White, who both study at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre at City of Oxford College, will join other artists and innovators at the RSA Motivate event on Saturday (10 June).

The event, being held at Oxford Town Hall, aims to bring together like-minded individuals who want to collaborate to solve problems and bring ideas to life.

Hattie and Avian were both nominated by teacher, Joseph Bray, who is also an RSA Fellow.

Hattie has established THIS GIRL MAKES, an inclusive design blog and online community that promotes furniture and other craft industries to young people. Hattie is using the blog to shine a light on practising female makers and to engage people through practical workshops.  

Avian has used his final year to investigate the reduction of waste in the furniture industry.  This has led to furniture designed and crafted without the use of glue, sandpaper or surface finish.

This ‘Motivate’ event is the first of its kind. Peter Ashby FRSA, Chair of the Planning Committee, explains: “There are many new initiatives in the Oxford area. We want to act as a catalyst to create further ideas, and, critically, new relationships. We believe ideas and relationships together act as the key to sustainable change.”

Tony Stratton FRSA, Deputy Lieutenant and former High Sherriff of Oxford added, ‘I am delighted that the first Motivate event will be held in this city, where we have a vibrant landscape powered by two universities, exemplar education and by local high-tech industries. We must bring creativity and intellect to bear on some of the world’s toughest problems. I’m particularly looking forward to learning more about projects to help eradicate youth unemployment, and to create housing for the homeless population.”

The event will run from 10am until 4pm and is free to attend. It will include:

  • 25 stands showcasing projects and related organisations
  •  a range of speakers, Fellows of the RSA and guests
  • competitions music and displays
  • good healthy food