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Olivia Harding
Retrospect
Retrospect by Olivia Harding
Olivia Harding
Retrospect

Olivia Harding’s Retrospect is a collection of research interviews and photography that explain the importance of our memories and how they can affect the career we choose and who we become in our future. The project involves filmed interviews and a printed publication, all telling different stories. The publication is an in-depth look at her research regarding memories and our past, as well as an investigation into the past of a variety of artists.

“Memories are fragile and ever changing.”

Olivia Harding is committed to the need for change – politics, climate change, homelessness, equality and racism. Her work embraces the the psychology of each project she tackles and uses bold shapes, colours, sharp edges and crisp design whilst recognising that sometimes mess and chaos they need to be used together in order to create the perfect design.

“I naturally gravitate towards scribbling ideas and type on pen and paper and then transfer them digitally. I love the textures of paints on paper and the swirling effect that ink makes when you drop it into water. Photography and film are my first loves and I always look to bring them into my work. Meshing together both digital and analogue methods to see what madness can be constructed.”

Four Fold by Olivia Harding
Four Fold
Publication, 2020. Four Fold is a four step process that aims to support and encourage schools to implement more design and creativity throughout their facility. The scheme outlines key research that proves the importance of creativity to assist with confidence building and feelings of positive self esteem. There are two elements to the campaign, one aimed at schools, the other politicians.
Four Fold by Olivia Harding
Four Fold
Four Fold by Olivia Harding
Four Fold
Four Fold by Olivia Harding
Four Fold
Retrospect by Olivia Harding
Retrospect
Retrospect by Olivia Harding
Retrospect
Kaleidoscope by Olivia Harding
Kaleidoscope
Interactive website, 2020. Kaleidoscope is an interactive space where people use their five senses to either improve their well being through participation or by contributing their thoughts and feelings. The site offers a range of mediums from photography to film and recorded sound.
Corona Chaos by Olivia Harding
Corona Chaos
Digital media, 2020. "Amongst the chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic I decided to curate a small project with the intention of spreading a bit of positivity through art and design. People could submit their responses over a number of weeks, collating into one big piece of art."
Sheffield Children's Hospital Interactive App, Toys and Reward System by Olivia Harding
Sheffield Children’s Hospital Interactive App, Toys and Reward System
App and toys. A prototype app to be used alongside a group of sensory soft toys. The purpose is to provide fun activities for children to enjoy whilst in hospital whilst preparing them for hospital appointments and removing the fear of the unknown.