CRADLE TO CRADLE DESIGN
This Ted Talk revolved a lot around the question “what is our intention as species?” William McDonough makes an incredible point on community and trust. He expresses that we can’t exchange value for a very long time if we don’t trust each other. That made me think about how as consumers we blindly trust companies from our childrens toys to the blanket we use to go to bed, but if we take a moment to read the tags we would realize the hazardous aspects of these products. And when we try replace it with something else we don’t realize (or we do but we keep it hidden) that we’re taking the attention off of the new materials by saying that we’re “no long using paper” for example but the consumer doesn’t realize that the new material is still a destroying factor. I think the idea of creating something for which designers can analyze their products for human and ecological healing is incredible. It’s also important that they created a protocol so companies can send it to their suppliers since most of their products go straight from supplier to consumer. It’s an amazing way to make sure products are safe for our children and ourselves.
THE ROUE TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Alex Steffen discussed how 1/3 of our planet is made up of kids, which to me means two things. The first is if we don’t take care of our planet it may not affect us but it will most definitely have an effect on our children and what kind of world and environment do we want our children to grow up in is something we don’t think about as much as we should. The second is if 1/3 of our planet is made up of kids then we should be educating the younger generation on how to help save our planet because in the end they are the ones who it will effect the most. I also agreed with what he said about cellphones. The fact that a majority of people in developing cities own a cellphone means that what is true for cellphones is true for all technologies and new tools are equally able to make their way into the developing world.
GROW YOUR OWN CLOTHES
What I am still amazed about after learning about this at the Material ConneXion is the way you can use kombucha to make your own fabric. It is one of the most unique and ecological ways to create clothes especially in the fashion world where most of the materials used are parts of animals. But there are many ways in which we can improve this. This idea of creating leather or fabric out of bacteria is very well thought out and manageable. Of course it needs more work and thought since it fragile and it can’t withstand the rain but if this were to develop further it would truly be revolutionary. It could also be useful in developing countries in order to make clothes in a sustainable and efficient way. It’s also an amazing material that can be used to make indoor products.
One of the materials that inspired me the most was the Pirarucu Fish Skin Leather. This material caught my eye from the color to its texture. What also interested me was the way they used fish scales to make leather which is not something that I ever thought was possible. I also think it’s inspiring in an ecological way in order to use the whole animal instead of throwing away the parts we don’t eat. If i were to use them in a project I would do a home mini bar collection with a champagne ice bucket, coasters, a flask, and a tray all made of the Pirarucu Fish Skin. I would also have a collection of utensils with a matching brief case or a collection with a purse, gloves and sun glasses.
The way they made high resolution raised printing patterns on fabric was very interesting to me. It’s such an easy way to create detailed patterns that would otherwise be very hard. With this technology I would probably want to create furniture, packaging design or clothes.
The last material that caught my eye was the translucent sheet. What amazed me the most was the fact that it’s produced as a secretion from bacteria which are fed a sugary solution in this specific case, pineapple juice. The ecologic and natural factor of this material is the most fascinating part and bringing this into market products would be an incredible step forward for commercialized products as well as fashion.
For Project 3 we had to create a map of New York in a literal or abstract way. I decided to collect pictures of writings on the walls and sides of the streets and conversations that people were having with each other on metal railings. I then put them in photoshop cropped out the parts that I liked most and put them in conversation with each other. I really enjoyed every thing about this project, not only the end result but the process as well. It was eye opening too experience the city and pay attention to the little details in streets that I usually walk by without noticing. It made me feel like I had a secret key to these people’s emotions and lives. It’s also interesting when you realize that you have no idea how old these people are, what they look like, who they are but it doesn’t matter because in some way you can relate to them and that’s what makes it beautiful.
“On the move” talks about the idea movement and home. The way things keep changing and evolving but somehow parts of the things that are changing still find a way to connect to our roots and express a sense of melancholy. “When one is ready or forced to move is the time when fantasies rise to battle with experience. Pictures form in our minds and we go in search of them; they don’t always jibe with reality.” I believe we always have this idea of what moving will feel or be like. For me personally I thought it would be liberating to move and experience another city, but what i’ve learned is that you can never truly sense the feeling of home until you’re miles away from it. “To be of rather than in a place certainly does not demand one be born and raised there.” The point made here is very valid sometimes we find ourselves moving away from our home town and that we were never “home” or that we feel more familiar and in touch to this other place than we do in the place we were raised. But to me home isn’t a place, it’s not four walls, it’s two eyes and a heartbeat. For me home is people, home is memories, family and feelings. I believe if you’re with the right people you will always feel at home, no matter where you are. There’s also times where we find ourselves at peace with a place. We find inner peace and strength in a certain environment that maybe we’ve never even lived in. I also think the energy a place gives off is also a big aspect to feeling and finding home.
Project number 2 was about incorporating all the places we’ve lived as well as an aspect of ourselves into a collage which then became a three part project. The first part was to draw a self portrait of ourselves while looking at ourselves in the mirror. The second part was to make a photoshop collage and the third part was to grid and draw our collage with the medium of our choice. The most challenging part was the self portrait. It was hard for me to figure out the shading and which features of the face to darken. After pinning my drawing on the wall it was a lot easier to notice which parts needed improvement. For my collage I decided to use an outline of myself and fill them with the places that have had a big impact on who I am as a person. The middle image is a picture of the sun setting at the beach back in Vancouver which is my home. This beach, the mountains and the sun set are three huge parts of my life. I have memories on that beach from before I can even remember. The background represents the aspect of nature that holds great importance to my childhood as well as who I am today and the two outlines on the sides are filled with NYC’s skyscrapers. For my drawing of the collage I decided to use hard pastels because it has a softness to it that other mediums don’t always have. The colors of the middle drawing are brighter because they hold a more sensitive and emotional part of my life whereas the NYC silhouettes are harsher because i haven’t built that emotional connection to it yet, but it is slowly growing on me, which is why there is a little bit of light seeping through the top.