MSA Stage 5

Leslie Meldrum (they/them)

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An Unintentional Community
Bicycle Maintenance
Diaspora Typeface
Form of the Dreamscape
Hydro-City Stories
Polar Ideologies
Balloch Public Pier

Collaborative Works
Diaspora Typeface
Balloch Public Pier

An Unintentional Community

This is an example of the Position layout. This project explores community and sustainability on the Isle of Eigg, one of the four small isles of the Scottish Inner Hebrides. In February 2020 I visited the island and found a welcoming and determined community whose values align with much of what I feel is important. It is a community that harvests, respects the environment, is resourceful, and is considerate of others. Indeed, as we become more reflective on our way of life and consider the impact of our actions on our infrastructure and the environment, it seems we could all look to communities like Eigg as a source of inspiration. Perhaps now more than ever, considering the affects that Covid-19 pandemic is having on our society, we could benefit greatly from adopting a similar attitude to the people I met from Eigg. My interest in the island was sparked by my flatmate Rhona Brown, a product design student, who was researching Eigg’s ocean waste. The aim of her project was to empower the community by finding value in the materials that washed up on their shores. She had asked me to accompany her to document her trip (and probably provide a bit of moral support during the interviews she had planned!)

In February 2020 I visited the island and found a welcoming and determined community whose values align with much of what I feel is important.
I met Andreas, from Germany, who was working with Catherine and Pascal at their willow farm. Their craft sees them busy all year round, growing and harvesting willow to make into wicker baskets to sell internationally.
The island came to be community owned in 1997 after a crowd funding project and the support of a mystery benefactor. Since then, the island has developed the infrastructure to generate and supply their own energy.
One thing that resonated with me during a conversation with one of the islanders, is that most of the people who have moved there have not done so to live with the other individuals on the island.

Bicycle Maintenance

This is an example of the Column layout. As a product design engineering student at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow I have acquired a range of skills in the fields of both design and engineering that have been and will continue to be very valuable in my career. The interdisciplinary nature of this degree has provided me with the ability to tackle problems with an open mind and considering a wide range of factors.

Throughout my degree I have also had the opportunity to intern as a product design assistant at SA Equip, a market-leading company in portable Ex equipment for extreme environments, for two consecutive summers. Whilst there I was able to apply and further develop the skills acquired during my studies to industry specific engineering and design problems.

My masters project is a bicycle cleaning and maintenance project in which I have designed a self-contained bike stand and bike mat for indoor use. Bicycle cleaning and maintenance are essential aspects of owning a bicycle. Performing these tasks without access to appropriate tools, space or infrastructure can be difficult, particularly when living in a flat. Hence, I have developed a self-contained bike stand and bike mat that offers its users a simple, easily stored and easy to use device that eases the process of cleaning and maintaining a bicycle indoors.

Project Development

A collapsible and extendable bike stand holds the rear wheel of a bike above the ground by supporting the bike using hooks that are placed on the seat stay and chain stay of the bicycle frame. Wheel size variation has been accounted for by offering both stand and hook height adjustment. The surface of the floor is protected by a durable, waterproof mat, dimensioned to accommodate all bicycle sizes. The chosen materials for the components of the product have excellent durability to water and organic solvents, ensuring cleaning solutions used will not cause damage. After use, all components can easily be wiped clean and stored within the base of the product, which in turn fits in a standard-sized cabinet.

My masters project is a bicycle cleaning and maintenance project in which I have designed a self-contained bike stand and bike mat for indoor use. Bicycle cleaning and maintenance are essential aspects of owning a bicycle. Performing these tasks without access to appropriate tools, space or infrastructure can be difficult, particularly when living in a flat. Hence, I have developed a self-contained bike stand and bike mat that offers its users a simple, easily stored and easy to use device that eases the process of cleaning and maintaining a bicycle indoors.

Bicycle Cleaning And Maintenance Project

Self-contained bike stand and bike mat for indoor use.
Product ready for storage

User journey

Diaspora Typeface

This is an example of the Grid layout. Diaspora is a display font representing Italian immigration to Scotland between 1880 and 1920. Indeed, a diaspora emerged to such an extent that the Scot-Italian became recognisable as a fully fledged persona encompassing characteristics of both cultures. Therefore, Diaspora expresses the hybrid identities of Italians who immigrated to Scotland. This is translated by the addition of seven alternates for the letters A, E, M, N, T, U, V and W. To underline the concept of immigration by the means of type-design, the traditional and iconic aspects of lettering from both countries are emphasised. While having their own characteristics, Diaspora’s letters are designed on a single basis structure, helping to create a harmonious set. Each user can develop their own identity of the font using alternates.

To underline the concept of immigration by the means of type-design, the traditional and iconic aspects of lettering from both countries are emphasised. While having their own characteristics, Diaspora’s letters are designed on a single basis structure.

Diaspora typeface specimen

Diaspora is a display font representing Italian immigration to Scotland between 1880 and 1920. Indeed, a diaspora emerged to such an extent that the Scot-Italian became.

Basic Structure

To underline the concept of immigration by the means of type-design, the traditional and iconic aspects of lettering from both countries are emphasised. While having their own characteristics, Diaspora’s letters are designed on a single basis structure, helping to create a harmonious set.

Ligatures

This is translated by the addition of seven alternates for the letters A, E, M, N, T, U, V and W.

GoodEggs Grotesk

GoodEggs Grotesk is the institutional font of the homonymous type foundry. Designed with Alessandro Prepi, the type is once again the result of a deep research of the two designers.
For Sale: This typeface is for sale at our foundry website.

Form of the Dreamscape

This is an example of the Flowing 4 Column layout. Philosophy, Ancient History, Classical mythology and fictitious tales are core interests in Douglas’ practice. Combining and recontextualising a range of historical symbolism and personal symbolism, Douglas seeks to neutralise the impending social political origins of classical narratives by referencing pre-existing polysemic vessels and placing them in compositions detached from their original environments establishing a space for new narratives to take place. The somehow significant symbols of dreams and their strange narratives become pseudo myths in which we become attached to in search for a greater hidden meaning. Sequencing imagery, symbolic figures and gestural mark making in painted works and illustrated stories represent an ambiguous and curious form of the dreamscape; the space upon the borders of reality.

Guardian

Oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm, 2020
For Sale: £1500
Mixed Media Digital Print
For Sale: £1750 for sale via AucArt.com

O' Gnashing teeth of the earth

Unravel

Oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm
For Sale: £1500

The Swift Flies East

Oil on canvas, 109.5 x 79.5 cm
For Sale: £1350 for sale via AucArt.com

Venus in Furs

For Sale: £1500
Mixed Media Digital Print
For Sale: Price on Enquiry

Untitled

Oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm
For Sale: £1500 for sale via AucArt.com

Hydro-City Stories

This is an example of the Flowing 2 Column Layout. It’s Glasgow 2050, sea-levels have risen submerging Glasgow Airport and rainfall is at a record high. With water being one of the last abundant resources, bringing both devastation and new opportunities, the city has reinvented itself as a Hydro-City.

In the age of the Anthropocene, the geological time period where human activity is the dominant influence on climate and the environment, humans have become disconnected from the systems of nature our survival depends on. Decision making often happens within the confines of the artificial world where business, economics, war, crime, discrimination, religion and politics soak up our attention and we neglect the natural ecosystems like pollination and the water cycle.

‘Hydro-City Stories: Glasgow’ is a project which is exploring the potential of using transmedia stories for public engagement on environmental issues in the city. Glasgow currently faces the threat of sea-level rise and increased flooding over the next 50 years. This project seeks to prompt public engagement with imagined futures for a Glasgow that has adapted to these risks, making the issue tangible and relatable. Now, more than ever, we need new ways of facilitating progressive discussions unencumbered by the constraints and preconceptions of the present.

Cymatics

A short film that demonstrates the visual effects of sound frequencies on matter. The film features a series of materials that react physically to the phenomenon of Cymatic frequencies.

Exploring the role of futures design and storytelling in reimagining our relationship with nature post COVID-19.
Climate change in Scotland still feels intangible but we are beginning to see glimpses of the future. This image of a flooded underpass outside Buchanan Bus Station could become a lot more common. In an imagined future, Glasgow turned Hydro-City, people have adapted to local climate change by valuing local food production and nature based solutions to flooding.
In a future Glasgow a resident of Cowcaddens grows food on their balcony. The balcony is only a tiny part of a distributed network of local food production that makes use of biosensors to monitor the state of the city’s produce. Even in a future adapting to food insecurity, sprouts are still divisive vegetables.
Citizen science has become an important part of caring for the local environment. In this image a resident of Garnethill is helping to monitor the health of their local SUDS* pond in a public bio-hub. After a trend of people submitting buckfast as a pond sample a data cleaning AI was installed in the sample reader. *Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

Site Soundscape

A soundscape is the acoustic environment as perceived by humans, in context. The term was originally coined by Michael Southworth, and popularised by R. Murray Schafer.

Field work at Seven Lochs, taking part in the workshop, ‘Introduction to freshwater: their habitats and how they can be monitored’. Discovering the importance of insects in our ecosystem and how citizens can take monitoring their environment into their own hands.

Research

Found images from a future Hydro-City

Polar Ideologies

This is an example of the Flowing 2 Column layout. The artist considers the idea that culture could replace religious scriptures as a moral compass for achieving self-actualisation. The works explore the role of ritual and meditation throughout history which is expressed through the environment in which the work is made. In a personal battle between the romantic and the classical, Charlotte Elizabeth considers these two polar ideologies and how through her practice she can merge the two to create the post-romantic culutral era that lies ahead of us.

Her most recent work has explored the role of the bartender as a raconteur. In creating a bespoke cocktail menu that provokes intrigue and reminiscence, the aesthetic, taste and smell, gives the bartender the ability to create an atmosphere of their choosing.

Bittersweet Escape

Photographic Documentation of Cocktail, 2020

Altar

Digital Photograph, 2020
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Rückenfigur

Digital Photograph, 2020

The Elixir of Quietude

Photographic Documentation of Cocktail, 2020

Mind

Digital Photograph, 2020
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Balloch Public Pier

This is an example of the Full Width layout. Sistema Scotland transforms the lives of vulnerable young people through music. My aim was to provide a safe and inspiring environment for these students. The Stage 3 project addresses both the practical and the poetic aspects of placemaking while creating a residential retreat and performance hall. My intention was to link past, present and future by placing my proposal on an old, existing public pier in Balloch, on the shores of Loch Lomond. The buildings needed to be responsive to the local and cultural context of their setting. By using the old pier the buildings are already ingrained within the existing framework of the village and provide continuity, a connection to history and a sense of place. The creation of a ‘retreat’ as a place of rest and nurture was paramount. Incorporating the Maid of the Loch prompted my decision to extend the pier over the Loch in order to take advantage of the spectacular scenery and enhance what already exists. Level changes heighten the sensory experience: the performance hall descends towards the water, adding drama and establishing a visual connection to the outside; the viewing platform ascends, showcasing the landscape. The idea of duality was important to my concept: the need for private and performance spaces; and the natural and built environment co-existing in harmony.

Perspective Performance Hall Section

Interior View of Balloch Performance Hall.

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A view from the residence

Encapsulating the sense of journey from the residential towards the performnace hall, sitting out in the landscape.

Diaspora Typeface

This is an example of the Grid layout. Diaspora is a display font representing Italian immigration to Scotland between 1880 and 1920. Indeed, a diaspora emerged to such an extent that the Scot-Italian became recognisable as a fully fledged persona encompassing characteristics of both cultures. Therefore, Diaspora expresses the hybrid identities of Italians who immigrated to Scotland. This is translated by the addition of seven alternates for the letters A, E, M, N, T, U, V and W. To underline the concept of immigration by the means of type-design, the traditional and iconic aspects of lettering from both countries are emphasised. While having their own characteristics, Diaspora’s letters are designed on a single basis structure, helping to create a harmonious set. Each user can develop their own identity of the font using alternates.

To underline the concept of immigration by the means of type-design, the traditional and iconic aspects of lettering from both countries are emphasised. While having their own characteristics, Diaspora’s letters are designed on a single basis structure.

Diaspora typeface specimen

Diaspora is a display font representing Italian immigration to Scotland between 1880 and 1920. Indeed, a diaspora emerged to such an extent that the Scot-Italian became.

Basic Structure

To underline the concept of immigration by the means of type-design, the traditional and iconic aspects of lettering from both countries are emphasised. While having their own characteristics, Diaspora’s letters are designed on a single basis structure, helping to create a harmonious set.

Ligatures

This is translated by the addition of seven alternates for the letters A, E, M, N, T, U, V and W.

GoodEggs Grotesk

GoodEggs Grotesk is the institutional font of the homonymous type foundry. Designed with Alessandro Prepi, the type is once again the result of a deep research of the two designers.
For Sale: This typeface is for sale at our foundry website.

Balloch Public Pier

Sistema Scotland transforms the lives of vulnerable young people through music. My aim was to provide a safe and inspiring environment for these students. The Stage 3 project addresses both the practical and the poetic aspects of placemaking while creating a residential retreat and performance hall. My intention was to link past, present and future by placing my proposal on an old, existing public pier in Balloch, on the shores of Loch Lomond. The buildings needed to be responsive to the local and cultural context of their setting. By using the old pier the buildings are already ingrained within the existing framework of the village and provide continuity, a connection to history and a sense of place. The creation of a ‘retreat’ as a place of rest and nurture was paramount. Incorporating the Maid of the Loch prompted my decision to extend the pier over the Loch in order to take advantage of the spectacular scenery and enhance what already exists. Level changes heighten the sensory experience: the performance hall descends towards the water, adding drama and establishing a visual connection to the outside; the viewing platform ascends, showcasing the landscape. The idea of duality was important to my concept: the need for private and performance spaces; and the natural and built environment co-existing in harmony.

Perspective Performance Hall Section

Interior View of Balloch Performance Hall.

Section Through Practice and Performance Spaces

I took the ethos of empathetic design, sustainability, and fun into this featured work. This is a residential retreat for the musical charity Sistema Scotland. I focused on creating an environment that was safe and secure for the children but also allowing for autonomy and play. I explored the integration of playground design with music which resulted in a range of practice and performance spaces that changed in focus and formality.

Perspective View of Performance hall and Residential Retreat

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