Monday, October 8, 2007

SI Design Research Part 2

Idea: So I was origionally thinking about making large neck pieces, but after flipping though 500 Bracelets and Skin, I began thinking about making these pieces with a dual purpose. Since I'm considering using soft, textile materials, what if the piece could also keep you warm? What if it could funtion as adornment when worn one way and warmth when worn another way? What about a bracelet that stretches out into a sleeve? Or a neckpiece that can convert to a shawl of some type? Bracelets that can convert to mittens? What about a piece made from leather that transforms into some kind of protective convering?

Materials come either from the biosphere, or the technosphere. Biosphere materials are recycled by nature, technosphere materials are recycled by man made processes. Materials from the biosphere tend to be abundant/renewable (trees, wool, cotton). Of the materials from the lithosphere (the topmost layer of the earth's crust) some are abundant (clay, gravel, sand) and some are rare (precious metals and stones, ores, fossil fuels). Technosphere materials are generally non-renewable (synthetic polymers derived from oil/petrolium).
Ecomaterials provide maximum performance with minimal impact on the earth and can easily be reintroduced to cycles.(Everything is cyclical).
Low impact materials are:
-located near their source (less energy packaging/shipping)
-low in "embodied energy"-or the amount of energy used to create the material
-high in recycled content
-low in the production of toxins and emissions
-high in recyclability/reusability
-low in end of life waste
-high cyclicity

Artists using similar materials:
Jurgen Lehl - cotton, indigo Carol Fisher - wheat
Nel Lissen - paper Natalya Pinchuck - wool/felt
Carolina Tell - cardboard Hisano Takei - wool
Brigit Daamen - wool Maria Vuorinen - fabric
Nathalie Davis - feathers Julie Mathesis - feathers
Miriam Verbeek - wool Rika Mouw - mussel shells
Jun Won Jung - vegtibles Masumi Kataoka - hair
Megan Dunn - silk Eliana R. Arenas - tulle
Anika Smulovitz - mens shirt collars
Tina Rath - wood, fur (is fur ecofriendly? It's technically renewable.)


Mai said...

I just want to say that I am really looking forward to see what your final project looks like and what you will actually decide to make and what you will use. You really have done a lot of research and thought things out. Like in your 1st blog for project 2 you took into consideration that some jewelry is meant to last forever but most of it isn't and you gave a great example with the store Claire's.

amyk said...

what processes are you thinking of using to construct these pieces, i'm also interested to see the designs, how the individual pieces will transform from ornamental to functional

amyk said...

hey liz, have you looked at natalya pinchuk's work?she works with some of the materials you like. i know you love enameling and you love wool. i probably could have just waited for you to get home to tell you this.

Jangrrrrl said...

Really good start, Liz.
Great ideas in this post. I would love to see maquettes on Tuesday/your brainstorming session. A trip to goodwill to gather materials to cut apart and start to reconfigure. Novel ideas and ones that you could create a niche market for. Keep researching.