This week, we focus on an interesting topic – “Digital Craft”, which is a hybrid design practice for sustainability. The “Textile Environment Design” usually finds second-hand products and use printing technique exploring design ideas. It has effect on the life cycle, up to 80%-90%. The impact of environment products are directly related to our daily life, such as: wellbeing, eco labeling, low launder, low toxicity, etc. We did a fantastic experimentation on “digital craft”. This practice makes a sense on how to make the new fashion and textile by reusing the second-hand products.
This lecture let me thinking about the relationship between sustainability and design. Everyone should do small action to make a big difference, we should minimise waste; reduce chemical impacts; reduce energy and water use; and consider ethical and fair-trade production. As far as I am concerned, I should have responsibility to protect the environment. I could look at what is the mean of wellbeing. I could think about the design activism, and also I have opportunity to design and develop the solution to make a small difference for environment. It is a good chance to practice and think about the sustainability in actual design project.
Furthermore, our group develops the idea into 2 concepts and forms:
- The shelf could be moved around and be stacked up into different shape. We could choose the colour palette from Lego model so that people could play the box with different colour. If we want to use this idea, we better paint the box with both inside and outside.
There are useful colour options that I research for painting the box.
2. The other option is that we could play with few different colours (2 or 3 colours), and also we could try to create some pattern outside the box. We could use masking tape or cut out some shapes from paper attach double side tape on it, and put on the surface of the boxes before we spray paints.
As far as I am concerned, we could use sustainable colour, such as different greens, blue and brown! We could also use multi-colours as original colour palette of Lego-pile, such as blue, red, yellow, white, etc. I think that the bright colour palette has stronger visual impact and could form an interesting composition with different boxes.
I hope we could have a nice design and solution on this idea!
(1) viewed in 13/10/2010, on http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/about/dobu/brinto/vist/vist_001.cfm
(2) viewed in 13/10/2010, on http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/about/dobu/brinto/vist/vist_001.cfm
(3) viewed in 13/10/2010, on http://jexp.de/blog/2008/08/on-lego-powered-time-tracking-my-daily-column/