Five years ago...

I found this old clip and though of sharing it. Nothing happens overnight. 

In 2013 I tried to get a reception desk made out of recycled glass... It didn't happen.... But, I didn't give up and my vision stayed strong... #CircularEconomy #UpCycling #RecycledGlass #ArtGlass ...

I discovered that the only way to get it done is #StartYourOwnBusiness #Entrepeneurship #BelieveInYourself

What a year it has been!

Yesterday the reception desk has now been installed at the new academic campus of UWTSD, Swansea, and the finishing touches is being finalized with light behind the panels. I couldn't be happier.    

Proud moment to see the reception desk being installed

Proud moment to see the reception desk being installed

Nearly finished installed

Nearly finished installed

Details of the recycled glass panels

Details of the recycled glass panels

Artists learn and artists teach to the new generation!

As a part of the Recycled Glass Bumblebee Project there were an invitation for the artist and Prof Andrea Liggins to visit the scientists who were involved in the project to see and learn from entomologists work. I work with Dr Peter Graystock in this project and will now visit his work at the Department of Entomology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, along with scientist and Assistant Professor Scott McArt

It is very exciting to learn from from everyone at the department and this feeds into my own arts practice and especially to the project at Casllwchwr Primary School with Bumblebee identification and recycled glass bumblebee project.  

The project is to teach our new generation to look after our environment using the media of art as a tool to learn. Year 1 pupils have done part one of the project which were Bumblebee Identification.  

As a result from one morning with the children, feedback from parents were that they've learnt so much about bumblebees from their five year old's which they did not know about the bees.  Below is a quote from one parent after the bee-walk. 

'I just wanted to tell you about (nn's) morning today. She just spent about 20 minutes teaching me and my son about bees. She has remembered an incredibly amount of what you taught her. Thank you!'

The art-science project will continue with painting and learning more about all the different types of bumblebees in UK and finally to make recycle glass bumblebee with the pupils. And, not at least, the children will also learn about what happens to their jam jars and bolognese jar they throw in the recycling at home, as they have all been asked to help clean and remove labels in preparation of the glass to be used!

The Class were very interesting learning about bumblebees

The Class were very interesting learning about bumblebees

Catching bumblebee

Catching bumblebee

Very interested children to learn about the vast variation of the bumblebees

Very interested children to learn about the vast variation of the bumblebees

Recycled glass as an architectural application for the new UWTSD Campus at SA1

Last year staff and students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David were engaged in an exciting new project at the SA1 Swansea Waterfront development to produce a reception desk made from recycled glass.

The group aimed to design and build the main reception desk using broken bottle glass in an interdisciplinary showcase involving undergraduate students. It also included a wide range of research staff including Ian Standen a Senior Lecturer on the University’s new BSc Architecture programme as well as Lara Hopkinson, Allan Nantel and Dr Juan Ferriz-Papi from the school of Built and Natural Environments. The engineering aspect were overseen by Dr Gregory Owen and Lisa Burkl, who were the Programme Director on BA Glass (Architectural Arts) also collaborated.

The project were based on a highly innovative field of research which investigates the feasibility of low temperature fused recycled glass as an architectural material. It is an area of study that developed by Dr Tyra Oseng-Rees, working with recycled glass in design and construction. She were also the Project Manager who oversaw the work as it developed. She said: “This project is an example of up-cycling a waste material (in this case bottle glass) into a high value architectural design application with a strong artistic merit. Both staff and students have been very excited to be involved in this interdisciplinary project linking creative talent to its strong environment, sustainable and recycling credentials.”

The brief was set by the Kier construction staff at the SA1 Swansea Waterfront development. As well as the input of research and teaching staff from the university, the project were divided in smaller sub-projects and run as separate undergraduate student projects from the different Schools and Faculties. Students studying Architecture, Glass (Architectural Arts), Project and Construction Management, and Engineering have combined their talents to complete the project, even designing and constructing a bespoke glass crusher.

Dr Oseng-Rees said: “UWTSD, Kier Group and Stride Treglown have been very supportive and enthusiastic about the project, understanding how the use of recycled architectural glass can enhance the wellbeing of people who visit the new buildings and how the university’s reputation on environmental and sustainability issues can go hand-in-hand, with the creative industries and mutually reinforce each other.”

Phase 1 of the £300 million development is well underway and will see the creation of new facilities for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Faculty of Education and Communities as well as new library facilities.

The University’s vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighborhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region. 

The innovative development will include purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research, as well as social and recreational spaces for use by the University and wider community in the heart of the city center. 

New enterprise hubs will be created together with high skill accelerator schemes, to grow new businesses linked to the universities portfolio, to further develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment into the region.

Jana Klerlikova Art glass student

Jana Klerlikova Art glass student

Recycled glass panels for reception desk design interation

Recycled glass panels for reception desk design interation

David Halley making samples for impact testing of the recycled glass

David Halley making samples for impact testing of the recycled glass

Girl Talk by Honey Jones-Hughes

If you are in Eisteddfod this week you can see the works of Honey Jones-Hughes an artist that is interested in making work that allows discussion and debate to exist around social and political issues. Her work lead on from historical content such as archives, conversations, and visual material; reframing and analysing from a feminist perspective.  

Currently Honey is working on a project for Menai Science Park- M S-Parc, a new development near Bangor with Rebecca Colley-Jones and this project has involved women scientists in Wales. She has had conversation with different women in Wales to find out what it is about their area of study that inspires them, what made them get into the field and any problems or challenges that faces them. I am honoured to be one of the selected scientists in Wales alongside with Alison McMillan, Sally Burr, Vera Toss, Helen Roberts, Hayley Hutchings.

Below is the posters of the interviews that Honey did earlier this year.  

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Donation for charity auction

       On Monday 7th August 2017 the Minister for Skills and Science Julie James Assembly Member for Wales is organising a charity auction at Rasoi Waterfront Restaurant in Swansea. The independent fundraising group Swans4Cancer, have been set up by a group of Swansea City supporters who have been affected by cancer, and this year they are raising funds for Ty Olwen and Golau Cancer Foundation

       Cancer is one of the scariest words I can ever come across. As soon as I hear the word I can feel the chill down my spine. The feeling that it can affect you at any given time either as you receiving the diagnosis yourself or a loved one getting it. And when I hear people have been ‘cleared’ from cancer I can feel the knot in my stomach as I await for the news if it has come back at some point in the future.

       Two of my best friend’s mother have died too young of ovarian cancer, my husband has lost a dear friend and colleague to stomach cancer and I have friends who’s children are too young to have lost their father through cancer. Thinking of them who are left behind to start to live their life again from losing a loved one is heart-breaking. Although many types of cancer can be avoided by living and eating healthily, there is other types of cancer that develops randomly and there is nothing you can do to prevent it, only making sure you go to the doctors in time for checking out the symptoms.

       With this I would like to do my part to help with the fundraising to such an important case, and Oseng-Rees Reflection have donated this piece of from her art collection for the charity fundraising auction. This piece was developed during the research degree in 2009 and is made of 100% recycled bottles, all collected randomly from local pubs and clubs.

       Please have a look and if you would like to book your place and do some bidding for this work remember it is all going to a good case. Please email Julie.james@assembly.wales or call 01792 460836 to find out more.

Dr Oseng-Rees exhibits recycled glass collection in the Turner Museum of Glass

On Wednesday 2 March 2016 the Department of Materials and Engineering at Sheffield University welcomed Dr Tyra Oseng-Rees to the Turner Museum of Glass to present her work on recycled bottle glass.

A Senior Research Associate at the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre at Swansea College of Art, part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Dr Oseng-Rees' current work is focused on developing new applications and manufacturing processes. She uses recycled glass and techniques such as devitrification, to produce intricate pieces.

The collection, on display until late Summer, includes glass tiles, architectural materials and domestic ware, with each piece created using locally sourced, recycled bottle glass. To create the artistic effects, the glass has been sintered, and in some cases, partially crystallised.

It is the responsibility of a product designer to think about the life-cycle of a product, and therefore the materials used in the design process. I am passionate about how the creative discipline of the Art and Design can contribute to Science, and potentially work together.

DR TYRA OSENG-REES / SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

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