Stacie’s “dirty soaps” proves altogether her excellent ability to critically research a current societal behaviour, her creativity when it comes to generate concepts, and her thoroughness in the iterative experimentation process and execution of the ﬁnal outcome. The brief I gave to Stacie was very open and she was able to explore different directions, and more importantly to chose one early enough in the project to focus on the excellence of its realisation. The result is compelling; it not only questions our relationship to cleanliness and how it affects our children, but also opens interesting and believable alternatives. The project is very complete and well executed, both in the designs themselves and the communication materials.
-Marie Tricaud, Room Y, John Lewis
‘The Northern Powerhouse’, is now an empty metaphor, just some media spin from a past government. But forty years ago the mines of northern England and Wales were extracting coal to be burnt in actual ‘powerhouses’, and the cultures that developed around the extraction of this commodity material were strong and distinct. Stacie Woolsey’s the New Coal, playfully draws out how a material with physical properties, develops not just economic, but cultural properties too. Physically her New Coal is radically different from ‘old coal’ but one wanders if the economics of this new material differ from that of ‘old coal’ too: are there unions, a nationalised industry as with ‘old coal’, or do ‘the men’ who reopen the mines have more responsibility to shareholders than to the place or their miners.
We developed the brief for this project together, after we agreed that you wanted to explore parasites. You beautifully subverted the concept to identify a material that isn’t conventionally thought of as a parasite, but which we increasingly understand as infiltrating our environment, food, and bodies. The outcome is evidence of your research skills and imagination, realised through extremely elegant storytelling. Your tenacity to realise the tablecloth/altarpiece as an embroidered piece is further proof of your ability to realise the seemingly impossible! It shows off your immense drawing skills, synthesising a hugely complex narrative through entirely visual means with so much rich detail for the viewer to enjoy. The vessels are less fully realised: there is an opportunity here to develop them further to test your 3D design skills that are evident in your milk project.
-Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
“Stacie has delved into a material that is so deeply embedded in history and intrinsically linked with human behaviour which is somewhat difficult to navigate and shift perceptions. She has dealt with this topic in a thorough and holistic manner. Creating an entirely new system that is based on re-education which enables a society to adopt new behaviours that actually caters to a community, the environment and the future health of the planet and the people. It’s been a real pleasure witnessing Stacie’s development throughout M.Y.O.M. She’s been able to develop her own toolkit and methodology where she can now go on to create her own identity as a designer and change the way in which we choose to learn.”