Originally from London, Emily Hatton is a 3D surface designer based in Bournemouth. Her experimental way of working shines focus upon the importance of waste as a material and its role in contributing to a circular way of designing.

Emily studied textiles at Arts University Bournemouth, graduating in the summer of 2021 with First Class Honours.  Like many other graduates, sadly Emily’s end of degree show not able to take place this year so Quercus Gallery is delighted to offer this exciting and inspiring work a platform to view.

Emily’s passion for sustainable design is what influenced her final project’s colour, material and finish (CMF palette) with natural and recycled materials at the heart of the collection. She has developed her processes through experiments with casting waste materials into eco-resins. her aim being to discover the aesthetic potentials that waste can offer design.

The pieces in her Abstract Waste collection consist of three dimensional wall tiles and constructed geometric panels. By using a combination of laser cut, digital print, mould making and casting, Emily has produced contemporary objects that are both visually appealing and consciously crafted.

Showcasing this young designer’s work marks the first chapter of Quercus Gallery’s ‘Return to Form’ themed display, which looks at artists who reuse and recycle materials in their work. Over the course of this month we will be exploring a number of different ways in which waste materials are reused across the disciplines of art and design; vessels, jewellery, textiles, constructions. It is fascinating to see the creative scope in this area and to appreciate how new life can be given to materials otherwise discarded.

Read more about Emily’s work on her website.