George Hopkins

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Can you tell us a little more about your project?

All products are made from Jesmonite, an eco-friendly resin with a marble like aesthetic. I have used this material to create a series of products including A Desk clock, Pen pot, Trays and coasters.

Where did the inspiration for it come from?

The project is inspired by the London design fair hailing Jesmonite as their material of the year. This inspired me to explore the material and go on to make my own products.

The coloured shards are inspired by Terrazzo a material which uses marble chips in concrete, typically used in flooring, which I have adapted to Jesmonite.

Designers such as Phil Cuttance, Clair Baily and Zuza Mengham are all designers who utilise the material and inspire me.

How important is being able to exhibit externally?

Having the chance to showcase my work to people in industry is a fantastic opportunity. It gives me a chance to build contacts and get myself out there.

What has your highlight of the course been so far?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the study trips. I have been lucky enough to go to Barcelona, Berlin and Madrid. The trips have allowed our group to really gel and make some great friendships.

Could you tell us a little more about your design interests?

My interests are in mould making and casting, at the moments specifically in Jesmonite, the infinite possibilities with the material really excite me. In the future I am keen to explore other casting materials and mould making processes.