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Adhocism

29th May 2014

As part of my role as Designer In Residence at Chelsea College of Art and design I worked with the second year students on a project exploring issues surrounding Adhocism, design hacking and sustainability based on the principles of the TED 10.

The TED 10 principles are defined by the Textiles Environment Group as part of the TFRC who over the last ten years have been developing a set of practice-based sustainable design strategies that assist designers in creating textiles that have a reduced impact on the environment.

As part of the project both TED and I agreed to choose the best projects to showcase on our blogs.

Working across the disciplines knit, weave, stitch and print (to include digital and screen printing) the students were asked to think outside the box, to embrace a sense of mystery and forget logic enabling them to break with the convention of the known. Alongside this each student chose to work with one or two of the TED 10 principles to underpin the context of their project in order that they could redefine their thinking of sustainability.

The most successful projects were by far those students who considered the wider context of the principles of sustainability, thinking on a more emotional level and those who explored our engagement with the things we clutter our lives with.

Keeping textiles and materials at the core of their work the outcomes range from a futuristic city to humorous solution to how to solve issues with the single sock that becomes useless on its own.

Keep an eye out for the coming posts outlining the best 9 students projects in more detail.











Material Illusions

28th May 2014

Soon to be graduating from Materials Futures Ma at CSM (the newly re named Textiles Futures) Sophie Rowley has transformed the every day, overlooked and under appreciated materials into a new beautiful, thought provoking and truly relevant materials palette for the future.

Considering issues surrounding natural and man made, real and fake as well as continuing issues with depleting resources she has taken waste glass from a glazier, recycled paper, blue foam, cd's and leather and re worked them into entirely new aesthetic offerings.

The resulting materials question our sense of known materials - all man made from waste they all resemble aesthetics we know from nature.

These hyper common man made materials which represent our urban identity have all been re worked through manipulation and craft processes giving them a second life, but more importantly they serve as a preparation for our future times when we will not have the luxury of extracting virgin materials from nature.

Rowley's project allows us to glimpse a new materials future where we will embrace a newly defined man made nature.






Woven light

27th May 2014

Exploring light and glow in textiles, designer Chris Kabel has created a series of window coverings that glow with a soft light when the lights in the room are switched off.

Created for a conference room of the Fogo Island inn on a small Canadian Island close to the Polar circle, the fabrics are made up of glow in the dark yarn woven with a gradient ombre. Working in collaboration withTextielLab in Tilburg, the Netherlands Kabel's fabrics reproduce a beautiful impression of the Northern Lights.




The Next Black

21st May 2014

With the world of fashion in flux about issues surrounding sustainability, wearable electronics and future consumption, AEG have commissioned a beautiful and thought provoking film exploring where the future of fashion sits at the intersection of technology, biology and sustainability.

Titled The Next Black the films thoughtful approach talks to pioneers in this field to include Nancy Tilbury at Studio XO, Suzanne Lee who pioneered bioCouture as well as Patagonia and Adidas.

As well as more well known innovators in this area they also introduce us to a waterless dyeing technique that uses 50% less energy and 50% less water than current widely used dyeing processes.

Using super critical carbon dioxide to dye the fabrics, Sophie Mather from YEH explains the impact that dyeing textiles has on our environment and the impact that fast fashion has had on the tonnes of textiles made and dyed each year. Contextualising the enormity of the impact of the hidden side of fashion, Mather along with the others in the film eloquently puts the future impact of fashion into reality.

As the narrator highlights in the film, which future will reign supreme in the fashion world, be it tech or biology or simply the consumer taking a more caring role in consuming less is unknown, but what is known is that something certainly does have to change.





New Geology

8th May 2014

Exploring the beauty of the juxtaposition where man and nature meet and taking inspiration from the layers of material and objects deposited over time through the natural sedimentation process, Ruben De la Rive Box's sediment tables offer an alternative glimpse at future geology.

Although appearing as if they have been created over time they were in fact carefully curated with wood cut offs, plaster and pigments all suspended in resin reminiscent of fossils.

The objects sit somewhere between man made and natural merging man and natures natural beauty offering a synthetic glimpse at time, geological epochs and material resources.


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