Introducing James and how we would like to make tea for others.

Sharing a ‘cuppa’ as a tool for physiotherapy and wellbeing

The project was instigated by an Arts Council grant, looking for projects that could ‘build confidence without patronising its users’. The project used design as an instigator to engage with disability policy and the public. The project worked with two secondary schools in Birmingham to address issues of disability. The students self selected to participate with active family relationships throughout. During the use of design probes, James (main participant) documented the problems with making hot drinks, a simple act that he could do to foster conversation with friends and family.

Exploring equipment to allow James to make tea.

James wanted to be able to make a cup of tea for himself and others. Existing products were not adequate at the time. Through a process of recording his daily life by observational photography, the product was specifically designed with James. The project incorporated exercises/movements that form part of James’ physiotherapy routine. The product was designed specifically as a one-off as part of an international touring exhibition with the Arts Council to highlight design for disability. The impact was that James was keen to do his physiotherapy, by making a ‘cuppa’ for his friends and family… every evening.

The results of James' tea.

“Tea is something that I take for granted and often overlooked. Thank you for making me think about alternate users”.
touring Project manager, Craftspace