Better late than never…
I have chosen to design for new migrant families within the uk, with a particular focus on women.
Studies have shown that there are huge gender differences in the effects of migration on families in adaptation, integration and emotional well-being. There are many problems with isolation and depression amongst women from various different religious and cultural backgrounds.
Amongst some migrant communities, it is often the man of the family who is responsible for financial income and women responsible for childcare and home-keeping. This can often mean that women do not get the same opportunities for making new connections, learning the language and forming relationships outside of the home. Being away from family and friends, they can often become extremely isolated. Due to the sensitive nature of this issue which touches on cultural, religious and political issues, it is a problem that is not often directly addressed and discovering the extent of it is near impossible.
My 6 designs aim to create instances and opportunities for social encounters both inside and outside of the home, as well as providing inhabitable comfortable and personal spaces.