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The Welsh Space Campaign by Hefin Jones

Student work

Design graduate Hefin has created a space suit made by Welsh craftsmen from materials sourced in Wales, with the aim of showing how the country has the capacity to explore space.

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A plumber has built a pressure system for the spacesuit, a traditional clog maker has made space clogs, and the last remaining wool mills in Wales have provided material for the space suit.

Hefin explains: “The Welsh Space Campaign (WSC) launches ordinary Welsh people into outer space, by finding a cosmic context for Welsh culture, skills and traditions. I aim to reveal that Wales has the capacity to explore space, and to show that off-world culturalisation can be achieved through a collective communitarian effort; as a way to allow the people involved to reconsider their role and skill in relation to these cosmic contexts.”

The project has won this year’s Christine Risley Award, a cash prize awarded by the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery to a graduating Goldsmiths student for outstanding work relating to textiles, in memory of Christine Risley. NASA have yet to be in contact.