We were given two different lectures to our class, with your partner attending one and you going to the other. I attended the Lt200 one in block 6, where were talked to by three different by 3 different presenters in 3 different disciplines of fashion, visual and industrial in how they in their work related their work to Kaitakitanga in taking a small issue that makes a big impact.

First to speak was the presenter from the fashion industry. She spoke on the effort behind her participation in projects to minimise the material use and waste behind construction of garments in fashion industry. Saying that only 15% of waste in the fashion industry ever went into recycling, with the waste being more than enough to cover the state of Calfornia. The idea behind the zero waste project was the process following a make–>use–>modify–>use–>reclaim–>make continuing in a loop limiting effective waste. Spoke of a custom within Japan, when a ceramic item is broken to mend it with the addition of something of higher value, reinventing the interpretation and value of item. Her last idea was looking at garments with variation in wear to suit wearer, with a zero waste design, one pattern and 48 possible t-shirts.

Next to speak was the VCD presenter. He spoke on the response received from the construction of the “on the fence” website helping to identify who you should vote for in the nz elections. He said that he had been particularly related to this issue from as early as 2001 where he had an interest in politics and not seeing this interest shared, going to say he felt he claimed ownership of the issue. The on the fence has changed a declining rate of voters with a increase in 7% to last years voter, now it is competing for a webby people’s choice award. Comments from lecturer were:

  • It’s not about us, but the user. I am an advocate to the user.
  • and to get on with the project early, don’t be afraid of creative risks.

The last presenter was the industrial designer on furniture design. She went to speak about the ability to recycle and use within industry, how her work for one company had changed their line by boosting more friendly and less toxic material in their construction as it affected their overseas trade. How different strategies to issues like standing desks in learning envirnoments can bring about change and etc.


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