B
2015
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
2016
Jewellery Design
2010
Graphic Novels
2010
Graphic Novels
C
2012
Product Design
2012
Product Design
F
2010
Graphic Novels
2006
Furniture Design
2016
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
G
2015
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
H
2001
Landscape Design
2014
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2016
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2008
Lighting Design
K
2012
Product Design
2003
Graphic Design
2018
Twenty Fifth Anniversary Awards
2002
Fashion Design
2016
Jewellery Design
L
2012
Product Design
2014
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
M
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
2010
Graphic Novels
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2016
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
N
2003
Graphic Design
P
2014
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
R
2016
Jewellery Design
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
S
2016
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2015
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
v
2014
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
V
2016
Jewellery Design
W
1996
Furniture Design
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation

Sarat Babu

Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation - Winner 2015

Sarat’s work spans the disciplines of Art, Design, Craft, Technology, Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Medicine and it is where these overlap that innovation he finds has the most significant impact;. In spite of using such innovative technologies in his work he still finds he turns to the ‘tradition methods of making and interpretation, to provide a real way to enable the powerful subtlety of these approaches to embrace, navigate and form with the complexity of new process’. Through the microscopic, he looks at how shape and form at a miniscule level can affect the macroscopic for altering the properties a material has to dynamically texture or produce a disassociated tactile experience.

His work is one which uses new material technologies, particularly new innovations in sintering technology which allow for lasers to be used directly on materials or used on metallic powders to form metallic structures. Already recognized for the diversity of its potential, one technique he has pioneered, microkinetics, has recently been commercially used in a medical context as a patented soft tissue replacement for those with osteoporosis. It is based on his research at Imperial College London and made possible through a Confidence in Concept award at the Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research Funds. Microkinetics is one strand of his work, a diverse range of materials capable of changing their physical property. Other works use complex material engineering to create surfaces constructed from hundreds of thousands of individual fibres to create a bespoke service for each user. It can be responsive to touch for example or to the impact of pressure meaning that each audience has an individual observation of the work. His most current and un-exhibited work uses pioneering research into sintered metals and microarchitecture to produce materials which are ultra light and yet capable of incredible strength. Incredibly, his medical background has informed this technique so it is not just applicable for external use, but has the potential of osseointegration, making them capable of use inside the human body. He wants to inform the general public by showcasing these innovations, raising their profile and increasing interest to generate further research and application, for both practical and design aims.