Charlotte Gordine is focusing on Aberdeen and how people perceive the city for her design project, which will be on show at RGU’s Gray’s School of Art Degree Show.
The Three Dimensional Design student (22), who is originally from Germany but moved to Aberdeen to study, has designed a light which she hopes will communicate the experience of Aberdeen as her home.
Explaining her project and why she chose Aberdeen as the inspiration behind it, she said: “As the creative stimulus, I have chosen Aberdeen City as it is perceived rather negatively by young people. Since the decline in oil, a lot of cultural activity has left the city and big companies and social media has filled this gap.
“It seems that there is not much to truly experience in Aberdeen as we can do most of it online. For me, Aberdeen is a place where I could develop myself and it has become my home away from home. The comforting notion of coming home from a rainy day, drinking a hot cup of tea and warming up while listening to the rain.
“The materials used are sourced from the area and the concept is based on surveys addressing people in Aberdeen.”
Charlotte described going to university as a privilege. She said: “I think Gray’s School of Art is one of the most underappreciated schools in the UK. It is a hidden gem. It gives young people the chance to explore their creativity rather than only taking on students that have already done so.
“From having taken part in the Erasmus programme where I attended the fifth best university in the world for product design in Milan, I am confident in saying that Gray’s plays in the same league as the Politecnico di Milano.”
During her year in Milan, Charlotte was able to secure a job after she graduates in the summer.
“Not only did I learn a new way of approaching a product, but I also learned a new language, met people from all over the world and made new friends,” she said.
“I was able to secure an internship at the prestigious kitchen design company ‘Bulthaup’ in Milan and was offered a job after I graduate with the company but based in Berlin where I will do an apprenticeship in furniture making.
“After that, I hope to learn more about designing interior spaces. Design is everywhere and it is so exciting to be at its source and having the possibility to make a change.”
The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show runs from 15-22 June and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.