Skin Sucka

30th November 2012

I have been waiting to publish this on my site for over a year, but finally it has been released by Studio XO the dynamic wearable design studio who have just finished the outfits for Azela Bank's tour and are known for their work with the Black Eyed Peas and JLS.

A project conceived with Clive van Heerden, Jack Mama (Philips Design Probes) and Bart Hess, Skinsucka explores a vision of our nano technology future whereby bio technology and robotics come together to question our attitudes of a synthetic future.

Skinsucka reveals a future where microbal robots live in our shared spaces and autonomously they will undertake menial tasks such as cleaning our homes by eating the dirt.

'Skinsuckas' clean the skin, removing the vestiges of make up and providing the remedies to combat the excesses of the night before They swarm over the body extruding metabolized household dirt, dressing the body in a daily ritual of real time, customized manufacture - yesterday's discarded clothing ready for recycling."












Make your maker

30th November 2012

Published on Nowness yesterday as part of their food series, Lucy McRae explores the ideas of gene manipulation and cloning with her Make your Maker film.

Exploring notions of edible clones and a new sensory experience she conjures up the idea that food and the body are inseperable - a dialogue she has developed with Nahji Chu the savant owner of Australian cult restaurant MissChu.

An evolution of her film for Aesop titled Morphe Lucy further explores a future landscape through beautiful cinematography, colour and materiality.







TFRC

30th November 2012

Last night I went to the re launch of the Textile Futures Research Centre TFRC at Central St Martins.

A collective of brilliant design researchers spread across Chelsea and CSM their goal is to explore ‘How can materials and textiles enable a more sustainable future?’.

Not a new initiative, they have been growing their alliance and their global position as leaders in sustainable thinking for many years, but last night they were re branded and re launched by FranklinTill design consultancy. Caroline Till - one half of FranklinTill is one of the research fellows and is the newly appointed course director of the Textiles Futures Ma at Central St Martins.

Coinciding with the re launch is a publication collating a series of key trends that are and will impact our lives. Celebrating the TFRC fellows it also highlights many of the key designers globally who are looking at issues surrounding sustainability, synthetic biology and future craft to name a few.

Working with the likes of H&M, VF corp and Nissan the TRFC have positioned themselves as a unique collective that has a global position of responsibility to bring solutions to the ever growing issues of population growth, future textile harvesting and thoughtful upcycling.






Water cup fountain

26th November 2012

Ariane Prin who is best known for her 'from here to here' graduation project from the RCA has recently undertaken a residency at DCK (Design Centrum Kielce, Poland).

Taking inspiration from people gathering around fountains during the summer and the history of the building in which the DCK is housed - an old prison up till 1965 where many polish were tortured over the years - she has created water cups fountain.

Continuing with her ethos of using minimal power or creating minimal waste her 'machine' uses clay with a recipe she has designed meaning that the cups only need to be fired once, therefore reducing the power usually used in ceramics.

Her 'machine' produces dripped porcelain cups that each have a unique and random pattern.











Memorabilia Factory

14th November 2012

I am particularly interested in memory at the moment and especially after reading the fantastic mega article in the new scientist about how they now believe that our memory is not so much about remembering the past, but actually about arming ourselves with tools that will help us navigate our way through and predict the future!

Also very interesting are Besty Sparrow's theories on transactive Memory which also offer up a new take on how our memories are evolving.

Looking at a way of 'capturing' a memory in a physical object rather than a memory in a photograph for example are Bold Design
with their memorabilia factory.

Inspired by a bacteria testing kit for beaches to check for harmful bacteria they have designed a playful kit that allows people to make models from sand in places they have visited and make replica's of the rock formations at the beaches.

Using a harmful bacteria called Sporosarsina pasteurii it hardens sand resulting in various shapes that act as souvenirs.

Combining the ideas of captured memory and bacteria, another favorite topic of mine this is the perfect project! And here
you can read a previous post that also explores building with sand.


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