Chloe Hamill utilises textiles as a medium for communication, giving a voice to those who are often unheard. She graduated from Manchester School of Art with a First Class Honours in BA Embroidery and returned there to do a Masters in Textiles, after winning AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)funding for her postgraduate study.
In the past Chloe has worked with refugees, children and different groups of women in the UK and around the world. One of the projects she’s been involved with is running embroidery workshops at Rainbow Haven in Manchester, a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers, which provides invaluable support to struggling individuals.
The Sustainable Angle will soon be launching the Future Fabrics Virtual Expoto provide year-round online access to a curated range of sustainable fabrics and mills. It has been conceived to extend the lifespan of their successful 3rd Future Fabrics Expo, which took place in September 2013 at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.
Our chosen theme was Eco Bag Art.By providing blank canvas bags and plenty of assorted art materials, we offered those taking part the chance to get creative and make a personalised bag, which they could take away and use again and again.
Designersblock and Southbank Centre held their second joint venture for the London Design Festival 2013. Designersblock took place in an expanded series of spaces across Southbank Centre, with exhibitions, special events, workshops, activities, installations and projects from over 200 UK and international designers.
Here, from a host of exciting and innovative features, we’ve picked out our top favourite eco & sustainability projects:
POP:EYE create unexpected objects using recycled cardboard. Starting as an experimental project, they have effectively combined the use of recycled cardboard with unique technology in order to create a range of cutting edge eco spectacles.
The SustainRCA Show & Awards is a celebration of sustainable design thinking at the Royal College of Art, London. See our previous article for the winners of the Awards… read on for the work of more students selected from programmes across the College – spanning four categories: Moving Minds, Solutions for Society, Inspired Products and Visionary Process.
Diana is focused on looking at waste as a resource, to empower small businesses and communities. The idea is to create an alternative service for waste collection in order to fuel a series of local waste labs, which would transform waste into functional products for public use. Local waste, local collection, local process, for local use.
Future Fabrics Expo showcases commercially viable fabrics sourced from suppliers using sustainable principles, who are committed to reducing the environmental impact of the current textile supply chain.
Part of the London Design Festival, and one of our absolute favourites of the year, SustainRCA Show & Awards, featuring a selection of some of the best work of Royal College of Art graduates. Projects propose an exciting vision of future living, while tackling a wide range of perspectives on the sustainability challenges we face today.
An increase in ethical engagement within consumer behaviour has led to more and more businesses choosing to cater for a growing eco market. Many clients are seeking out eco-printing to ensure their products are as sustainable as possible and this niche market may be set to grow.
There are many elements to consider when working towards a sustainable production system for any design area. For the screen-printing process, there are several companies working to ensure their businesses offer great value, service and products, whilst also limiting their impact on the planet. I Dress Myself, based in Frome, is one leading example of how an eco screen printing business can be run.
The RSA Student Design Awards is an annual scheme now in its 89th year, which issues briefs to young designers to demonstrate how design can solve 21st century problems. The eight briefs this year covered social challenges ranging from tackling water pollution and waste reduction to improving working environments and commuting.
The winning entries received a year’s RSA Fellowship, which provides the students with access to the RSA’s Catalyst Fund and Skills Bank to further develop their projects. Worth over £30,000 in prize monies, that comprise cash awards and work placements, the RSA Student Design Awards provide financial and practical assistance to student designers starting out in their careers.
Here’s a great way to get children onto two wheels and riding safely. Andy designed a modular transportation system to encourage them to learn about their bike or scooter and to play and gain confidence in their cycling skills. We particularly like the tennis ball used for the seat suspension! Andy is an Engineering Product Design graduate from London South Bank University.