Veda Palengada Kariappa

Master of Design

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About me

I’m Veda Kariappa, an MA Design student with a bachelors in architecture. As a part of my course, I have interned for Playdale, a British playground design company and was also a part of a campus navigation project for UCLan. I enjoy experimenting and making physical models, which requires both passion and patience.

I strongly believe there is hidden beauty in everything around us. This belief steered me to my current MA project of designing tiles using waste plastic and concrete. It mainly focuses on the beauty of waste and unfinished materials.

Beautiful Scar - an artwork imitating a human scale sundial. The beauty of a scar is incomparable! They all have a story to share just like this artwork. This scar narrates the story of plastic's life after death. It is designed to serve as both narrative as well as an interactive piece. The markers of this sundial consist of two sets of tiles, fixed and movable. The shadow casted by the gnomon in the centre indicates time. Whereas the landscape element completes the design with the concept of "improving with age".

Pile of waste plastic vs Art

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Bright light at the right place: Open space, uninterrupted sunlight and a diverse crowd with curiosity to learn and engage .

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Narration through details: The story of the art work has been narrated on the floor tiles using waste plastic as the inlay element.

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Plan, that improves with age: The plan is designed to highlight the sundial with a balancing concept of letting the nature take its course.

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The factor of balance: The exposed concrete, the color of the reinforcement and the landscape element are designed to complement each other

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Glory to WHO? The message that forms pattern on the tiles is “Glory to You”. Here the message displayed is indefinite but the purpose is clear.

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Model: Waste plastic in concrete tiles

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Keywords: Installation Art, Plastic world, Sundial, Sustainable tiles, Concrete, Details, Reusing plastic, Hidden beauty, Reinforcement