Mac Collins

Mac Collins is an emerging British designer, maker and artist from Nottingham; graduating with a degree in Three-Dimensional Design from Northumbria University, Newcastle, in 2018. In the years since graduating, he has been committed to designing and making narrative-rich and impactful furniture and objects. As a designer of Jamaican descent, Mac draws on his Caribbean lineage to create artefacts that are often informed by the stories and the charisma of his elders. In 2021, Mac was named winner of the Emerging Design Medal by London Design Festival.

Designer & Artist

Mac Collins

East Midlands

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THE PROCESS

Mac focuses on manipulating, yet still celebrating, the inherent beauty of the materials that he works with. Alongside this material driven approach, Mac brings personal and cultural narratives into his work, and deems his practice as a means of exploring his own identity and position within the African Diaspora. He aims to build on European and Scandinavian standards of furniture making by bringing in aesthetic and contextual inspiration from his Caribbean and African heritage.

Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

The satisfaction of when the theoretical vision of a project is finally realised in a tangible artefact. This moment of finally interacting with the physical outcome of the investigation is what largely drives the process. Pushing past the challenges, that inevitable arise throughout the design/making process, to reach a conclusion that fulfils the initial intentions and narrative of the project.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

There is no single thing or soul individual that I find exceptionally influential. From jazz musicians to historians and fashion designers, I am inspired by the work and actions of an eclectic mix of creative individuals, movements and collectives. I am particularly inspired by those who manage to maintain a multidisciplinary approach to their practice, with work that sits comfortably on the lines between realms of the creative sector. This is something that I hope for my own practice, so I am often inspired by those who can create work at a range of scales and for a range of environments. I see this notion of exploring new territory as an exciting prospect, and thus I cannot help being draw to the work of individuals who seem to achieve this so naturally.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

I follow a narrative-driven approach, drawing on imagined environments, and the charisma of figures within them, to inform the physical decisions behind the design. Music often makes a significant contribution to the design process, as I struggle to concentrate in silence. I often imagine the objects that I create to exist within particular settings.

I visualise how the figures within these settings would interact with the objects and allow the forms to follow. Music plays a central role in conjuring up these scenarios and building the atmosphere in which these theoretical objects would belong. Listening to music while working is far from unique, but how the music informs the development of work is perhaps a definitive aspect of my practice.

4. What is your defining or proudest moment as a maker so far?

I received the Craftiga Prize in 2018 for a project entitled Iklwa. The repercussions of this award redirected my ambitions and propelled my practice in the direction that it is travelling in currently. Through the award, I was introduced to a number of influential and supportive figures who have helped me to establish footing within the industry. More recently, I was named as a recipient of the 2021 Black British Grant Programme instigated by Samuel Ross - a programme that I am especially proud to be involved with.

5. What is your dream project?

Since entering the industry, I have been particularly interested in how the objects I create are experienced and interacted with physically. I have explored how the objects might entice this interaction and what thoughts may be evoked through it. Taking this idea further, I hope to work on larger-scale, experience-driven and immersive installations.

 

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  1. Jupiter’s Side Table by Mac Collins
    Jupiter’s Side Table
    Mac Collins
    £2,300
  2. Jupiter’s Chair by Mac Collins
    Jupiter’s Chair
    Mac Collins
    £6,990
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