Designer Grace Hancock argues that rather than a tiresome habit, fidgeting can actually be a very therapeutic way of dealing with stress and anxiety. Her series of “Fidgets” encourages the user to rub, scratch, spin, squeeze and push.
I came across Grace’s work at the Up and Beyond Graduate Show currently being held at the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton. What immediately struck me was how attractive these objects were and how they invited interaction. Much more appealing than the usual range of masculine “executive toys”.
It is unusual to see student product designers grappling with issues around mental health and I like the fact that the forms Grace uses invoke the ideas of homes, shelters and comfort.
To meet Grace and see more of her work , visit Up and Beyond at the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton (Grand Parade) until tomorrow and then at New Designers 4-7 July 2012.
Grace Hancock’s blog can be seen here : http://www.gracehancock.co.uk/