The Division’s successful cultivation of innovative designers was affirmed with the conferment of a Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2014 on recent Industrial Design graduate Tricia Chean on 26 September at the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore. This is the 15th award presented to an NUS-affiliated designer since the competition’s inception in 2005.
Tricia received recognition for her craft kit, “The Handmade Cure”—now renamed “Bloom”, which she submitted as a Year 4 student last academic year. She refined her initial concept by changing its packaging and presentation to appeal to a broader audience.
Bloom redefines the treatment process for patients suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Based on the therapeutic qualities of crafting, it is a sensitive and non-invasive solution that removes the fear of stigma, while providing a structure to crafting that effectively guides the patient through treatment sessions. The motivation to create functional items also drives patients on the road to recovery.
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