The Past Week
Monday began with a discussion on sustainability in the human life, not just in fashion and interiors. The read about Easter Island really hit home for me and really taught me a lesson. The people used up all of their natural resources and the civilization that they built up slowly crumbled. The people of Easter Island ended in the same position in which their ancestors began because they used up all of the natural resources the island gave them. I had never heard the history of Easter Island before, but I feel that everyone needs to hear it. The reason that we all must study history at some point during our education is because we are supposed to learn from it, and Easter Island is part of history. If people knew the outcome of Easter Island maybe a lot more people would take global warming and the depletion of natural resources more seriously. The Dust Bowl was an event that could’ve ended the same way Easter Island did. It was a result of using up too much of a natural resource and caused drought and starvation. My great-grandmother tells me stories about her childhood and they almost always include some aspect on how the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression affected her life.
Wednesday included two interesting TED Talks. I enjoyed the TED Talk given by Rachel Armstrong the most because at one point in my life I dreamed of being an architect. I never thought of architecture becoming a field that could be “grown from scratch”, but like Armstrong said “the only way to construct sustainable buildings is to connect them to nature.” She didn’t mean build a house in a tree, but actually grow the materials used to build the house. I found her idea of growing a limestone reef under Venice most interesting because it’s never been heard of or done before. It will be exciting to see her ideas become the norm in the hopefully near future.
Wild Things Concept
The concept that my learning community came up with to make fashion more sustainable and educational is a store that takes in used/unwanted garments and then re-designs them into something current. The store would be located near the OSU campus and would be managed by DHM apparel design and merchandising students. The design students would be in charge of re-purposing and designing the clothing and the merchandising students would be in charge of designing the store layout and managing the store. The target of the store will be college students. We assumed that the majority of college students shop at fast fashion stores such as H&M and Forever 21 and cycle through their clothing quickly. Our store concept gives the students an eco-friendly way of getting rid of their unwanted garments.
Self-Narratives & Paradigms
Paradigms are what guide our beliefs and values, it basically guides and forms our lives and how we live it. When it comes to sustainability and the earth, a lot of those beliefs are already set and decided for us by those that raise us. Sadly, a lot of people look through a “lens” that doesn’t believe that global warming is an actual thing. Paradigms are dictated by the past and by the beliefs of those that came before us, but it takes a self-narrative and a transformative revelation to shift a paradigm. Patterns and what is already structured guides a lot of our life, but when it comes to changing the belief about global warming, a person must step out of the paradigm they grew up in and do their own thing. Changing the self-narrative and shifting the paradigm is what is going to lead to sustainable design.
I have never meditated before–I simply don’t take the time to sit and breathe, there is always something going on that must be done. Taking the time and class was an interesting experience. I don’t think I fully relaxed and meditated because I didn’t really know what to expect. It was calming though and did make me think. I have never really thought about the future because I just think it’s wrong to think so far ahead when the future is not guaranteed.
Abandoning Ship Titanstad
I thought this article was really interesting and eye-opening. It described our world in a depressing, “dark” world. It combined the luxury cruise ship the Titanic with the slave ship Amistad to create a fictionary ship that included both the wealthy and happy with the poor and humiliated. It related the ship to the world today and discussed how the way the world is going is making the upperclass and lower-class uncertain and uncomfortable. The world is slowly becoming unlivable and unsustainable for human life and the effects of that are affecting everyone on earth. The “young people [are] losing faith in their futures” and trying to come up with ways to abandon the ship without sacrificing human lives. The article is a call to action, a call that must be heeded immediately before it’s too late.
Sustainable Problems in Fashion
-too much is produced
-a lot of chemical waste is released into water and the atmosphere during manufacturing
-too much clothing is discarded in an unsustainable manner
The key catalyst to bring about change in fashion sustainability is education. People need to learn to consume less and to learn of the harmful effects clothing production has on the environment. Celebrities can advocate for sustainability all they want, but I think it mostly falls onto deaf ears that are unwilling to hear it. People don’t think that fashion sustainability will affect their lives, they believe it’s a problem for someone else to deal with. I think if people become educated about sustainability and learn how it relates to their lives specifically, change may come about. The role I would play is educator and mentor. Someone needs to be an example for those around us, and I wouldn’t mind being one.