Very pleased to divulge Fortuitous Novelties have been prominently featured in The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design in a piece by Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, as part of a compelling collection of original essays that seek to examine the shifting role of interior architecture and interior design, and their importance and meaning within the contemporary world.
The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design, edited by Graeme Brooker and Lois Weinthal provides a pioneering overview of the ideas and arrangements within the two disciplines that make them such important platforms from which to study the way humans interact with the space around them. Covering a wide range of thought and research, the book enables the reader to investigate fully the changing face of interior architecture and interior design, while offering questions about their future trajectory.
The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design is published by Bloomsbury Academic.
- ISBN-10: 1847887457
- ISBN-13: 978-1847887450
A wonderful statement by the staff of the Riverside Ward about their experiences of working with the Fortuitous Novelties to be featured in their local press…
Specially-commissioned art pieces presented to Riverside Ward, Newholme Hospital
Arts and crafts has always been central to therapy on Riverside’s older people mental health ward. Therefore the occupational therapy team, who look after patients with dementia at the Bakewell Hospital, had no hesitation in seizing the opportunity to work with Darren Browett, an artist from Manchester University. Continue reading
Special Art Gets Dementia Patients Talking
SPECIAL objects eliciting some dementia patients to talk lucidly for up to an hour have been unveiled at a Bakewell Hospital.
Crafted from a springy material known as aeroply, the six ‘Fortuitous Novelties’ pieces were created by Darren Browett, a 3D Design MA graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University. Darren, (37), of Belton, Leicestershire, presented the objects to occupational therapists at Newholme Hospital’s Riverside Ward on Thursday 14 October. Now health bosses at Derbyshire Community Health Services hope they will play a major part in the future care of patients there. Lorraine Turner, an occupational therapist for Derbyshire Community Health Services who works on the ward, said: “We were approached by Manchester Metropolitan University about the possibility of presenting some objects to our dementia patients as part of a project they were doing.
“The effect was a revelation.”
“It was literally like turning on a lightbulb – patients not normally able to engage in meaningful conversations were just tuned in, totally absorbed by the objects.”
“Some were even able to talk lucidly for up to an hour.” Continue reading
The show opening was a great success for all involved and had a lively buzz about it.
Fortuitous Novelties gained some very positive responses and many commented that they enjoyed being able to handle the objects, breaking down the ‘don’t touch’ approach to the gallery experience.
Check out the surprising comment!