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Alice Watkinson

Dip is a revolutionary communal bathing concept that challenges the norms Britain holds on nudity, body image and sharing bathing spaces. Embracing our bodies, taking care of ourselves and interacting with others all contribute to positive wellbeing. Discovering the severity of loneliness in Britain and the detrimental effects it can have on people inspired this project. The increasing population and a rise of co-living led to the exploration in an area of our lives that we don’t particularly share. Comparing bathing routines in the UK using primary and secondary research concluded that many people have closed their minds to the idea of ‘sharing bathing spaces.’ Getting clean has become an isolated experience in the UK with the bathroom usually being the smallest room within a home. Designed for the use of one person at a time, the bathroom concept hasn’t really changed since 1910. Communal bathing is an important part of life for many other cultures from Japanese to Scandinavian. Getting naked and talking to strangers whilst soaking or steaming is the norm. Located in Falcon Work’s kiln building, this old ceramic factory in Stoke on Trent has been re-visioned to home a contemporary bathing facility. Having a personal interest in Stoke-on-Trent and the ceramic industry were the deciding factors in choosing the location. Considering the original fabric of the building alongside the new touchpoints combining brick, concrete and ceramic in a subtle colour palette has led to the design of the space. The conceptual interior showcases the accompanying products including Dip mirror, the ceramic soap dispenser and scale model.

Promotional poster advertising the baths.
Promotional poster advertising the baths
Dip mirror changes how the viewer perceives their appearance by reflecting a distorted version of themselves, questioning if what they see is really that important at all.
5.Dip Mirror-Stainless Steel-24.5.21 – ALICE WATKINSON
Mirror and Stainless Steel
The ceramic soap dispenser has been thrown to a 1:40th scale of the actual size of the kilns. Standing with a twin, the two bottle forms replicate the architecture of the building and portray the atmosphere inside the space.
4.Model-Gif-24.5.21 – ALICE WATKINSON
Model-Gif-24.5.21 The ceramic soap dispenser
Dip’s interior features ceramic touchpoints and a colour palette derived from Jasperware ceramics.
3.Inside View-Procreate-24.5.21 – ALICE WATKINSON
Inside View-Procreate-24.5.21
An interior view inside the bathing kiln.
2.Inside the Kiln-Keyshot and Procreate-24.5.21 – ALICE WATKINSON
Inside the Kiln-Keyshot and Procreate-24.5.21