1) PROJECT NAME: Natural Dye Tapestry
2) What are you making and why?
A piece of tapestry dyed with natural dye. I wanna make this because Tapestries were a big part of my life before I moved to NY, my mom has a few and I would find numerous functions for them, from blanket to picnic cloths, from beach towel to a dress; but I don’t have any here, and I miss using them. I’m also moving to a new place so I think it would be a great decorative accessory.
3) In what ways will this object/design be useful to you over 50 years of change? How will it be resilient (used in more than one way etc. and/or encourage social resiliency through its usage)?
Since the object is multi-functional, I can use it in distinct ways and always find new functions for it. Since I made it, I think I could also build a strong connection with the object, making it something that I would wanna keep. Not only that but I see myself moving and traveling a lot in the future, so this is something that can be easily carried. I think of it being an “organic”/natural piece, I used natural fabric and dye to make an appealing and organic design aesthetic. So when people know about that, they could get inspired to do the same and to use natural materials too.
4) What specific event(s) of environmental change will it help you adapt to or address?
The piece would be reused in different ways and made with natural and recycled materials, and that’s because I wanted to avoid producing more trash and I didn’t want to use artificial materials that are hard to recycle or have strong chemistries that aren’t good for the environment. The event of environmental change I think these designs could help me address would be global warming.
5) What materials will you use, given what you have learned this semester about changing resources and material availability?
I used cotton fabric and natural dye.
6) How does your object offer function and aesthetics over time? How does it fulfill the Long-Life Design criteria to the best of your ability
This design fulfills most of the Long-Life Design criteria, being them: Repair, Cost, Manufacturing, Function, Safety, Planned production, User, Environment, Design. I think of it as something that, besides the multi-functional aspect, could be re-dyed in different color palettes to adapt to different spaces.