Third year 3D Product Designer, Jon Ransley, uses the themes of stress and anxiety to inspire his abstract artwork, which promotes relaxation, natural space and mindfulness.
Stress and anxiety is a growing problem for many, whereby 600,000 people in the UK suffer from stress and 5% of these also experience anxiety.
Recent studies have found that natural spaces have a positive impact on our mental health. It is thought that being exposed to these spaces will help reduce the negative effects of these problems, making us feel more relaxed. ‘Pebble’ is a relaxation project, through the use of these location-based theories.
By making wooden pebbles, inspired by natural form typically found on the beach, this project aims to help people mentally situate themselves in this space, along with smell and sounds of this location.
‘The idea of this is to hold these wooden pebbles to picture yourself on the beach, while listening to the waves rolling to shore and doing slow breathing techniques based off the movements of the sea. This physical connection to this natural space soothes the mind and lets you escape the stressful daily life.’
Designed by Jon Ransley
Photo credit: Jon Ransley