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  • Off-grid living will become increasingly attractive and perhaps we will see the emergence of personal micro-farms, new cottage industries and factories within our local communities. One of these factories could be a unit for rearing poultry, providing meat for consumption, but also bones for china and leather for clothing, replacing the activities found in sheds to activities for common trade
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    • 1. Digital Craft: a hybrid design practice for sustainability Clara Vuletich, Textiles Environment Design (TED) Chelsea College of Art & Design, London 12th October 2010 University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • 2.
      • Presentation
      • Intro to TED & our design strategies
      • The rise of Craft
      • New technologies
      • Hybrid design practice
      • Workshop
      • Quilting & Patchwork
      • Emotionally Durable Design
      • Group discussion of personal items
      • Individual making using templates
      Digital Craft
    • 3. The Textile Environment Design (TED) research group includes designers, teachers and researchers, connecting curriculum developments, live projects and research opportunities. Digital Craft: TED
    • 4. Digital Craft: TED Top 100 slow fashion project Becky Earley
    • 5. Digital Craft: Lifecycle Thinking Diagrams: Kate Goldsworthy, 2009
    • 6. Lifecycle thinking recycling upcycling sustainable consumption End of life fair trade ethical production fast fashion Organic cotton low toxicity consumer use durability Low launder waste multi-functional local/global Long life/short life systems thinking service design Biomimicry eco labelling wellbeing social activism Digital Craft: Complexity!
    • 7.
      • Minimise waste
      • Reduce chemical impacts
      • Reduce energy and water use
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      • Consider ethical and fairtrade production
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      • Replace the need to consume
      • Dematerialise and develop systems/services
      • Design activism
      Digital Craft: TED’s Design Strategies Materials and processes Socio/cultural aspects
    • 8.
      • Minimise waste
      • Reduce chemical impacts
      • Reduce energy and water use
      • ----------------------------------------------------
      • Consider ethical and fairtrade production
      • ----------------------------------------------------
      • Replace the need to consume
      • Dematerialise and develop systems/services
      • Design activism
      Digital Craft: TED’s Design Strategies Materials and processes Socio/cultural aspects
    • 9. Digital Craft: Socio/cultural context Super Natural Studio Toogood, London Design Festival 2010
    • 10. Digital Craft: Socio/cultural context "We can no longer import our lives in the form of food, fuel and fundamentalism. Life is home-grown and always has been. So is culture. And so, too, are the solutions to global problems". Paul Hawken, 2008 The New Rurbanites (The Future Laboratory) Slow Fashion Community Slow Design Conviviality Culture Glocalisation Multi-local Connoisseurship Quality Locally sourced Humane Intimate Small but Connected Hyper-local
    • 11. Digital Craft: Socio/cultural context Art for a Changing World Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
    • 12. Digital Craft: Socio/cultural context Transition Towns Brixton, London www. transitiontownbrixton .org Kieren Jones, RCA Fraduate 2010 http://hotelrca.com
    • 13. Digital Craft: Socio/cultural context “ The new local is ‘multi-local’….small but connected” (Ezio Manzini) Multi-local Multi = connected, networked, transferable Local = human scale, less carbon impacts Digital Craft Digital = networked, cleaner (less water/chemicals), efficient (print on demand), Craft = handmade, quality, unique, local materials, long-life
    • 14. Digital Craft: Designers & craft Moooi www.moooi.com