FB Design Prize winners

This year’s winners of the FB Design Prize are Lucy Monk and Sophie Spearing for two completely different products. Lucy, previously at Perins School, designed and made a model of a sustainable house and Sophie, previously at Eggar’s School produced a kinetic weather vane.

David Forrest, previous teacher at the College, now owns FB Design (a bespoke furniture and cabinet making company based in Herriard), sponsors the award for the best A level Design and Technology Project. David wanted to reward excellence in Design and Technology and the £250 prize is awarded for quality of design and attention to detail in the practical work. David presented the girls with the prize on campus recently and discussed his reasons for choosing the two winners. He said “it was difficult to choose a winner from the great array of brilliant products produced by this year’s students, but both Lucy and Sophie showed great attention to detail, research and development in their approach to the brief and their final products were of such a high quality that they stood out as deserving winners.”

In response to being awarded the prize, Lucy said “'I based my model on a design brief from a client stating that they wanted a sustainable house for a coastal plot so I did research into the local area and mostly based the design on this, giving the building a contemporary look. I hope to go to Oxford Brookes University to study architecture and this project has prepared me well for the next step. It was very time consuming with all the research looking into the finer detail involved as well as having many setbacks in the manufacturing process.”

Discussing the project, Sophie, who is going on to study an Art Foundation course at UCA Farnham next year commented “the brief/inspiration was taken from a brass and copper sculptural piece, which was seen at a sculpture park by the client and they decided that they wanted to have some form of metal sculpture to put into their garden. The initial design for the final piece was to be purely sculptural and have kinetic parts, which move in the wind but it was later developed to have the weathervane element incorporated into the design to make it practical as well as sculptural. The clients wanted it to have the two different metals for an impressive visual impact as well as being practical. The solid structure is formed out of brass and the cups and arrow, which help to catch the wind/breeze are made from formed copper. 

Difficulties when making the weather vane varied at each stage of the construction. The main difficulty that I faced was the use of thermal joints (Brazing) to fix parts together, due to the low and differing melting points of the two metals it did mean that the metals expanded at different rates, which made it difficult to get some of the components to join together without moving out of place due to the expansion whilst trying to also melt the solder to fix the joints together.” 

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