Claire Haley

Statement

An experienced Architect and Designer / Maker, Claire’s work combines an exploration of materiality with the use of digital technologies to create bespoke and tactile pieces. Part digital fabrication and part hand-made, her work is research-driven, taking a human-centred design approach focusing on our uniqueness as individuals.
By investigating the sense of touch and how it contributes to our perception of the world, Claire’s pieces provoke a mindful interaction between object and user / wearer. The obligation to interact with the pieces in an unconventional manner not only requires consideration, but also imparts a sense of ownership, allowing a connection to be made with the piece which promotes attachment and consequent emotional longevity.
Drawing on her Architectural background, Claire’s ongoing, practice-led research aims to generate innovative models for interactive engagement. The next challenge will be to investigate how this can be achieved in a post pandemic society.

Achievements & Experience

• UWE Summer Enterprise Scholarship (Impact and Innovation) 2020
• Print 4 Fabrication conference Oct 2019 presenting my research on 3D printing for glass casting
• Associate Lecture in Architecture at UWE from 2018 to present
• Project Architect at Stretto Architects Bristol 2017 - 2018
• Associate Director at CODA Architects 1998 – 2017
• OCN Jewellery - Bristol School of Art - 2005
• Architectural Assistant at Akitek Jururancang Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 1995 – 1998
• RIBA (part 3) - University of Bath 1999
• BArch (Hons) – University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 1993
• BA (Hons) – University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 1990

Featured Projects:

The Tankard Re-imagined – Pewter and timber

Designed with handles to fit the individual grip. These pieces provoke a mindful interaction during use, requiring the user to pay attention to the act of drinking. Small – 3 finger pinch grip 80x100x60mm Medium – lateral grip 90x105x90mm Large – transverse volar grip 110x140x100mm

Get a Grip Jewellery

3D printed in resin with silver findings “Choker” The form of my left hand around my neck - 170x115x50mm “Pinch” Earrings - 50x25x20mm each “Handcuff” The negative space formed by my left hand around my right wrist - 70x65x60mm “Pinch” Ring - 60x45x25mm

ChangeLinks

A jewellery system which allows the wearer to re-arrange the piece to suit their personality, mood or occasion. Interaction in this way,not only provides flexibility, but also nurtures a sense of ownership and attachment. CNC milled in timber up-cycling waste off-cuts from the wood workshop. Sizes varies

Steamed Plywood Jewellery

This project explores the qualities of plywood. Lightweight, natural, strong and warm to the touch plywood can be steamed and twisted into sculptural forms. Plywood and silver - Sizes vary

Making and tactility Research Projects

Left to right Materiality survey, investigating how people feel about a variety of materials when handled. 3D printing for glass casting project presented at Print4Fabrication conference San Francisco Oct 2019. Ceramic grip trial pieces made in collaboration with Lisa Cole https://www.instagram.com/lisa_cole_designer/

The Tankard re-imagined and 3D printed in Glass

3 sizes designed with handles to fit the individual grip. Small – 3 finger pinch grip 80x100x60mm Medium – lateral grip 90x105x90mm Large – transverse volar grip 110x140x100mm