Artist: Ryan Dilkes

The artist sits on a bench surrounded by furniture made from discarded wood.

In:Site 2019
3D Design, Furniture Design
Manchester Metropolitan University

Ry Dilkes is a  designer-maker with a focus on circular design principles.

Watch Ry’s video to find more about their In:Site commission and read an extract from the blog below.

A structure made from discarded items such as a washup up rack and a kit of pieces to make furniture.

Find out more

Since In:Site 2019

Ry continues to work as a designer. Their website describes their current practise:

A designer-maker with a focus on circular design principles. Through the joining of materials, Ry aims to give authorship back to the end user of their objects, to produce a resourceful body of work that can be reconfigured and altered to suit our ever-changing needs. In practice, making use of waste -and found- materials to create functional objects that are environmentally considered, affordable, yet also desirable.

Their work celebrates the transformative effect that processes can have on a material. Through the simplicity of cutting and joining, waste material can once again become functional, and bring together the coincidental nature of upcycling, with the utility and functionality of production design.

Celebrating 10 years of In:Site

To celebrate 10 years of In:Site we selected 10 makers from the archive to feature on our new online space for the project. You can still view all of the makers from 2012-2021 in the blog archive.

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


We use cookies. By browsing our site you agree to our use of cookies, Find out more