BOOKWORM MEDAL “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” Betty Edwards


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards is based on the idea that the left and right hemispheres of the brain process information in very different ways. While this theory has become somewhat outmoded, it is still a useful model to explain the way we function.

In essence, the ‘left brain’ is logical, rational using words to describe concepts and able to manipulate abstract ideas, numbers and the concept of time.

The ‘right brain’, in contrast, takes a whole approach, sensing relationships and patterns, tends to be intuitive and irrational, and has no sense of time.

The book includes many drawing exercises, including ‘upside down drawing’, ‘blind contour’ and ‘modified contour’ sketch to train your brain!!

here is a link to a free download 🙂


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A big problem for outdoor workers is over exposure to the sun which can lead to skin cancer. The main way to prevent this is to apply sun cream but it is easily forgotten, especially when it is not warm, as is often the case in scotland. We came up with a watch that is inbuilt with solar panels which detects when the worker has been overexposed to the sun and flashes red and vibrates to tell the worker to apply suncream.

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Gamekeepers who have to spend time in the countryside away from their families overnight have problems with isolation and loneliness.  What we have come up with is an idea for Gamekeepers to access a video link with their families at home which is projected onto a wall (Like Facetime) which allows them to feel like they have never actually left home.  Therefor, they can carry on with whatever they are doing in their temporary home without feeling like they are missing out on anything at hom whilst they are working away from their family.


Bluffer literature Review

A literature review of the ‘Outdoor Recreation Economy’ founded on the ‘Outdoor Industry’ website talks about the benefits that would take place if economy was being filtered into the outdoor workplace. Within the USA, in this case, there are expectations and wishes to improve the outdoor workplace. The USA take in nearly ‘$85 billion within snowboarding’, therefore gives a chance to modernize and fund the outdoor attractions and workplace as this much money is being put in by the public. However this does not happen because very few people are willing to modernize and improve the outdoor conditions and are desperate for more workers to be included and interested to help progress this idea.

This article also discusses the social and health benefits of outdoor recreation. If more money and time was put into employing people with the correct skills this could create an improved area of comfort for the public and the workers. In this case within outdoor activities it would increase people to visit which would then increase economy even further and allow room to employ more staff with correct skills. With increasing public visits the money being put into paying for access would also go towards modernizing and making it an enjoyable experience. People and workers prove to have social and health benefits of outdoor work along with enjoyment but there is a huge realization that improvements for the outdoor work and activities need to be acted on.

There is a realization that there is a general goal to involve highly skilled outdoor workers within their field of work. There is an extreme lack of workers which are skilled in technology. Therefore room should be made to allow workers to be trained in this area and time and money should be put to one side to improve this issue. If this issue was improved the comforts for public and workers would be improved drastically.

There is a great rising passion for outdoor work to be improved as the main focus has always been the issued within the office and closed condition environments but there is great room for improvement within outdoor activity areas.


A literature review of ‘The Gamekeepers’ founded on ‘The British Association for shooting’ discuss the issues that Gamekeepers find they come across at work. Gamekeepers have extremely high demands to cover large areas of land which they need to look after daily. Within the UK it works out that they have about 1,460 hectares of land to cover each. These high demands create an unfair workplace for the Gamekeepers and needs to be resolved.  There are less and less Gamekeepers each year as the economy is lowering in this field and people are not willing to be so challenged at work for a poor wage and harsh conditions. 

Money is a large issue and this reflects in the lack of workers. This article explains how there should be more ways of supporting the Gamekeepers through bringing in money from different areas such as the Government and personal funding. However the input of money is shown to be coming from the Gamekeepers their selves. This helps to understand that this issue needs to be resolved as the workers and funding their own money into their workplace which decreases their pay even more. This will then soon cause an issue with the employment of Gamekeepers if this unfair workplace continues and needs to be looked into by the Government, and personal projects to allow fairness to the UK workers.

Within these two articles there is a clear understanding that economy needs to be increased within outdoor working environments and shown the same attention to outdoor workplaces as indoor. Improving the training of workers needs to be an issue that is explored as this would improve the quality of the workplace. Legislations would be a good point to cover and exploring the fairness of the outdoor workers. Over all time, money and staff need to be filtered into this workplace as it is as valuable as any other work.

Anonymous. (2012). The Outdoor Recreation Economy. Available: Last accessed 19th Oct 2012.


Anonymous. (2012). The Gamekeeper: Professional Countryside Manager. Available: Last accessed 19th Oct 2012.

Literary Review On Clothing For Outdoor Workers by Hannah Pexton

Literary Review on Clothing Worn By Outdoor Workers.


‘Indura Ultra Soft Flame Resistant Fabrics’ by Charles Parsons talks about how there is a high risk of electrical fire related accidents happening on the job. One of the main problems is the clothing, the article states that out of the 400+ accidents that take place, 80% of people received serious extra complications and infections due to their clothing catching fire. Parsons states clearly that it is not mainly the electric that harms you; it’s mostly down to the clothing catching fire. After researching these statistics, Parsons took on the task of creating a fabric that was fire resistant and reached all the requirements it was supposed to, such as proven protection, durability, comfort, and wash stability- meaning it will remain fire resistant and hold their shape and size for life. The required standards that the fabric is supposed to meet are not yet necessary; however Parsons took them into consideration when creating the fire resistant fabrics.

This is a very in depth article as Parsons talks of the research and tests that went into producing fire resistant fabrics, and the requirements it had to meet, and then tells us the many performance requirements it met when the product was finished. Parsons points out towards the end of the article some issues with other fabrics that should be asked about and researched, and reasons why fabrics should be tested before use. For example, is the fabric guaranteed fire resistant for life? Parsons tells us that not all fire resistant fabrics will stay that way over a period of time after they has been washed, and for workers to stay safe they need to get a guarantee that the treatment on the fabric will not deteriorate over time. The Indura Ultra Soft Fabrics are guaranteed fire resistant for life. I feel this is a reliable conclusion as the fabrics don’t even go through the proper tests until it has been industrially laundered over 50 times, therefore showing that unlike ordinary fabrics, they still do the job after more than just a few washes.



‘Spray-on Clothing Becomes a Reality’ by Ian Sample is an article about the new spray-on fabric created by Manel Torres, a Spanish fashion designer, who teamed up with scientists at the Imperial College London to create a spray which, when making contact with the body, creates a seamless fabric. Torres says he wanted to create a material which was quick to put on and comfortable.  It took Torres 15 minutes to spray on a t-shirt onto one of his models for a demonstration; he wanted to create a way of putting on clothing that sped up the traditional way of constructing garments and materials. To invent the type of fabric that he needed to stick seamlessly to the human body, Torres says he had to look right back to the origins of textiles such as felt, which was a material similarly produced as the material is made out of thousands of fibres, bound together without being woven or stitched together.  I feel this is a good article to be looking at for our research, as we could look at the positives of what this could do for outdoor workers, such as making the fabric waterproof. Torres has researched and put onto a website a list of all the different possibilities this new invention could be used for, such as binding, lining, repairing, layering and covering. I feel this could be used as an advantage for outdoor workers as it could solve a lot of issues people have had, such as the need for warmer clothing (which can also be lined with the spray-on fabric for extra warmth or to make it more fitting and comfortable, depending on the job), if it were waterproof it would be a quick and easy way to waterproof your clothing you already have on so as the workers wouldn’t have the hassle with many layers.  I feel however this article was not very in depth about the product, it could have talked more about what other ways they could expand it, without further research, and what other areas they could cover by developing the product more. Such as medically, it could be used as dressings or bandages or even casts, which could also be proven useful in outdoor working.


I feel these two articles really highlight the improvements and development that people are putting clothing through such as the rigorous tests and meeting the high standards before they can even put the products on the shelves. However, due to health and safety, sometimes the standards keep getting changed and are getting harder and harder for companies to meet and keep up with. I feel that a designer teaming with scientists is a big step forward in developing clothing from a practical and comfortable point of view as they’ve come up with a faster and easier conclusion which could easily be incorporated into different situations and could be very successful. I feel the practical development of clothing as gone the same way as technology, everything is becoming smaller and simpler and easier to use.


Article by Charles Parsons – ‘Indura Ultra Soft Flame Resistant Fabrics’ (March 2010)-


Article by Ian Sample- ‘Spray-on Clothing Becomes A Reality’ (September 2010) –