In this seminar we shared our personal research from the last two lectures through a short powerpoint Presentation. I found this interesting because of the mixture of students from Textile design, Interior and spacial design and Graphics, which meant that there was research into areas of study that I personally may not have explored otherwise.
There were several ideas discussed that were useful to my own research as there is much overlap throughout the study of sustainability and design. There were a couple of presentations that concentrated on a zero waste approach to design, an area of study that is very relevant to textiles, due to the waste of lots of fabric and materials due to methods of construction. The company JOE O’NEILL claims that around 15% of the fabric used in a traditionally reduced agreement is wasted due to the pattern cutting process, because of this they designed a coat that cut be cut entirely from a piece of fabric with zero excess fabric. This meant that each pattern piece was meticulously designed so that it fitted together on a single piece of fabric like puzzle pieces, but when constructed, had all of the same functionalities and qualities of a regular coat/jacket.
I think that this strategy to minimalist waste in production of clothing could be a key development in sustainability. This could save companies a lot of monies forth of fabric, if they concentrated more on this approach to construction.
Similarly to this idea,Christien Meindertsma’s Flax chair has a similar no waste design but also uses biodegradable materials.The chair is made from flax fibres along with sugar cane/ corn starch, and is cut from on panel. Firstly the seat part of the chair is cut and bent into shape, then the chair legs are formed from the remainders of the panel, which are again bent and formed into shape. Meinderstam’s design relates to both cyclability and zero waste strategies to sustainability, which Is shows innovation in design and a positive approach towards a more sustainable future.
Another student discussed a design for a bus shelter that was foldable and promoted eco-living. This applied to the strategy of developing systems for the needs of the user. The bus shelter design that the student discussed could be folded away to optimise space and also act as an interactive eco-structure. I think that this is a good way to directly involve people with sustainability projects in a way that could educate a larger audience. As a whole I think there is a general lack of awareness for environmental issues, especially within cities, where there is so much advertisement, yet most of this disregards any form of sustainability, relying mostly on consumerism. Areas such as Bus stops/shelters are areas used my people that are already contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle by using shared transport, so why not educate these people further by highlighting other issues, such as awareness of recycling and minimising waste, whilst also having a structure that benefits them directly in design, by being multi-purposeful.