In 2015 I was awarded Creative Scotland funding for a research project to travel to the US to attend Burning Man which is held annually in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. My time at the festival allowed me to examine the cultural context in which design operates, where connections exist between the environment, adornment, and identity. The resulting pieces are a visually eclectic mixture of resin, metal, fabric and mirrored surfaces which are large, colorful and high impact. Their creation involved a diverse range of processes that include casting, carving, etching, laser cutting, powder-coating and sewing in addition to traditional metal working techniques. It is a collection of work which can be considered as straightforward adornment, as armor, or as camouflage. These pieces formed the basis of a solo show entitled, Exothermic: Adventures in Ultra Adornment.