Maria Appleton comes from Lisbon, Portugal, where she completed a two-year training course in textile design. She then moved to London, where she graduated in textile design from Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, in July 2019. In 2018 she received a scholarship from Kyoto University of Technology for a research project in the field of textiles. She also developed a sustainable collection for children’s clothing with Zara and designed shoe prototypes for NIKE. Maria Appleton currently lives and works in Lisbon.
In her project Maria Appleton wants to explore new ways of living and forms of living in space by using flexible textile structures and develop an installation that interacts with the human body. For her installation, Maria Appleton does not only want to use textiles, but to work with different technologies in order to go beyond a purely visual experience and to connect the human body with the environment. She wants to question how textile structures can influence today’s architecture and how this might change in the coming years.
Mira Kim was born in Seoul, where she also studied metal design at Hanyang University. Afterwards she completed a master’s degree in gemstone and jewellery at the University of Applied Sciences Trier in Idar-Oberstein. In 2019 she exhibited her work at the Marzee Graduation Show in Munich and was awarded by klimt02 as a “Selected Graduate” for the University of Applied Sciences Trier.
During the fellowship, Mira Kim wants to deal with contexts: Every new piece of information we take in is evaluated by our own perception and the presuppositions associated with it. Our judgment depends not only on our personal attitude, but is also influenced by historical and social experiences. Her aim is to create pieces of jewelry that provoke a re-evaluation of information and question the reality of the viewer.
Jaspar Rogers first studied natural sciences before graduating in design from Goldsmiths University of London in 2019. Rogers describes himself as an anti-disciplinary designer, his focus is on the creation of social goods and ecological sustainability. For example, he has already realised projects on topics such as homelessness, environmental pollution, gender stereotypes or the recycling of plastic.
Jaspar Rogers wants to deal with political processes. Many people do not even go to elections because they feel unrepresented by the dominant parties. He wonders whether this is due to the complexity of political processes and how this could be counteracted. For this reason he wants to develop an interactive game in which the player can put himself in the role of a politician.