Three levels of challenge - frangipani offers an approachable task, building confidence upon completion to move onto the harder camellia and water lily.
Variation of petal form challenges dexterity and overcomes the repetitive nature of other therapy tools. Choice expands the creative outcome possibilities, encouraging reuse.
Decision making is a key cognitive and creative action, and is found in every element of the process - petal size, flower type and phyllotactic patterns, contributing to a sense of ownership.
Building the flowers requires the ‘pinch and release’ dexterity action to exercise fine motor skills.
Orientation - combines cognitive and fine motor challenge to perceive and then act on axis.
The three bases and their phyllotactic (petal layout) patterns.
Like Japanese tokonoma, the act of display elevates routine to a sense of ceremony, encouraging emotional attachment to the therapy and thus repeated use.
Short film of Blossom in action, showcasing the product's functionality
Developed through many iterations, the final prototypes were produced using a fine polymer clay - this achieved delicacy and tactile texture while retaining the connection to natural materials.
User testing