Sustainable: Kettl Reflection + 50 Year object

1. The weather becomes cooler, it was windier and the leaves are getting yellow and wilted. The market is not as crowded as last time, and, the music group is not here today. There were no clouds but it is a sunny and windy day. There always has people sit in front of the fountain, they sit there to chat with people and have lunch. The loudest noise I heard is someone was playing music behind me. I really like the weather of autumn, it was not very hot and the wind is not cold, it makes me want to sit down and have a cup of coffee. The colorful portrait painting is not there anymore, maybe the owner sells it. The time of sunset changed, next week will change to the wintertime.

10/23/2019 Union Square. 2:05 P.M.

Sunrise: 7:15 A.M. Sunset: 6:03 P.M.

Temperature: 19-8 degree.

Air Quality:46.

Wind Speed: West 9 mph.

UV Index: 3.

Humidity: 35%

2. The most interesting part of the field trip is we try two different kinds of teas and students also got a chance to make a mocha. After he shared the reason why he wants to do this tea business, I think it can be a long life design because it was not just about selling the tea, it was a bridge to connect with people. I think this is also about sharing the culture with other people who do not have a chance to visit other countries. I agree with what Zach did is very meaningful and sustainable in some way, but it also will bring some air pollution by airplane which he flew twice a year to Japan. On the other hand, he flew to Japan and brings the tea back will also reduce groups of people fly to Japan. I believe the tea farm in Japan is very organic and pollution-free because they are far from the city. I think Zach is an artist, as the first step into his studio. He exhibits the ceramics not random, I have been to a few artists’ tea studios and I can see the different styles between them, and Zach blends his style with Japanese tea culture. When he serves the tea to us, I feel calm with his action, background music, and the fragrance. As he said, everything he did is not just about tea business. He learns Japanese culture by tea, meets more people by introducing the tea culture, and to find ceramics for tea also very important.

3. Oil-paper umbrella, it is a traditional umbrella made by paper or silk. It protects people by sun and rain, it also symbolizes keep bad things away, it includes a lot of blessing as a gift. People in Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and North Korea were using this kind of umbrellas in the past. Before people invent paper, it was made of animal leather. To make an oil-paper umbrella, we should choose bamboo first and then use high technology to cut and revise the framework. After that, sock and dry the framework then threads them together. The paper should sock in persimmon paint then stick them on the umbrella, brush the Aleurites fordii on the surface of the paper which will give the umbrella a long life, not easy to break.

Every material is from the natural so I think it can be recycled and repair. Compare to the regular umbrella, it is more environmental and sustainable. People have to use leather and silk to make an umbrella, so we also can try to use different kinds of material, just make sure it is waterproof. The weather will affect the output of bamboos, it could not have bamboos if there is no rain. The Aleurites fordii which brushes on the top is environmental too. The framework and paper will get inspired by the weather if it is too hot or rainy. The process is very complex, one of the famous umbrellas which need to thread over 2500 times. The persimmon paint is made of the juice from persimmon when it is not mature yet and squishes it.


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