The 2nd BLOG


We watched two TED talks the first talk was about Architecture that repairs itself. The talk went a little over my head, I understood the concept but not so much the scientific terms about metabolic materials and how these react.  The second was more interesting to me because it related to clothing and how we can grow our own clothing. At first that didn’t sound very interesting because I thought we already do that with cotton, flax and other naturally grown fibers. Then she showed us pictures of her process and it looked very messy, and took a lot of time, but she was actually creating bacteria’s to form a large piece of soggy tea fabric. The concept and her following through with it was amazing.

The Easter Island story and Dust Bowl Story were very similar. In both stories the people over used the land and over used the resources. That just goes to show that if you don’t learn about history you are doomed to repeat it. In both stories trees are an important factor in saving these people. The Easter Island story these people created humongous statues to worship. To move these statues, they had to cut down trees to roll the statues. This might not be a problem besides the fact that the island was small and they were already using trees to build their houses and other ceremonial ground. They used up all the trees, while in the Dust bowl story towards the end of the depression people in these areas of the dust bowl built trees and the trees helped block wind and fertilize the soil. These people were farming but farming the same food in the same lot over and over when they should have planted something else in that lot.

Water is a huge sustainability problem in my field. Not only the fiber stage, yarn stage, dying stage, and fabric stage require a lot of water. After a consumer buys the project they wear it for let’s say ten years and that garment gets washed once a week. One year equals fifty-two weeks, so If we wash this garment for ten years every week that equals 520 washes. The newer washing machines use about 15 to 30 gallons of water, while older machines use 30-45 gallons. Let’s say we are using my washing machine that is a newer model so we will estimate it uses 22.5 gallons of water. So if you multiply 22.5 times the amount of washes in ten years that equals 11,700 gallons of water used. That’s just assuming someone only washes clothes once a week and has a newer model washing machine. Think about how many people in America that wash their clothes. The number will be huge. How can we change that? As a designer I see creating something that could be used more than once before throwing it into the dirty clothes. Maybe creating a fabric that doesn’t get dirty very easy, or promoting clothes that can be worn five times before having to be washed.

Another problem in my field is waste created by fast fashion. Every six months we throw out our old stuff to buy new things so we can be apart of this society. It takes about 18 months to create a new garment and get it in stores and sold nationally. Why not predict the new fashion trends to be sustainable? Maybe create something in the spring that when it comes winter instead of throwing that product away maybe make sleeves or a type of fabric piece to go over the top of the spring collection garment.

Our design concept for Wild things was to get major fashion brands such as Chanel and Ralph Lauren to create sustainable clothing and to get Melania Trump to support the cause for sustainability. Once she stands up and supports it maybe she can get Trump to say a few words about it to the public. If the president is talking about something that is the most publicity you can get. We also talked about apps that give you rewards every time you recycle and partner with stores to give discounts to be used through the apps. Our third concept was to get a group of sustainability supporters and march in front of the white house for publicity. My thoughts about self-narratives and paradigms is the oil industry. I think that when people hear someone is in the oil industry they think wow you get a lot of money. Money is a key issue is being “successful” but what people don’t always see is all the people in the business that are put into life threating situations and how dangerous and dirty the business really is. This will be a challenge as long as we keep using oil to fuel so many things we use everyday.  Putting aside these stressful topics our in class meditation was very relaxing. I pictured my life and I saw my boyfriend in my future plans as my husband I also saw my job and our house and where we were living. I talked to him about it and asked him to tell me where he wanted to be and we were on the same page. I told him about what my thoughts were during class and he agreed with most of them. It really got me thinking this could be my life in twenty years and then made me think how do I want to live. I started thinking about telling my friends no when asked to go out, and telling my boyfriend I am too busy to see him because I felt overwhelmed with so much homework. I don’t want to live stressed out all the time worried if I don’t make a good grade I will never have a future. I want to start living in the now and worry less.

The Titanistad was talking about how we suppress or look down upon the poor people and middle class when they are the ones that are keeping us economically sound. The entire article was some what depressing and dark. That this is it this is the dark age. I believe in the Four rules of thumb that the Roslings talk about in their TED talk: How to not be ignorant about the world. The four rules are that most things improve, It’s a one hump world, Sharks kill few, and First social then rich. The rule I am referring to is that most things improve and the one hump world. They talked about how we think things are getting worse because that is all the news shows us and because of social media this message gets spread a lot faster. The one hump world they talk about is basically saying in most cases there isn’t rich and poor, studies show that a majority of the world is middle class. The Futurist & Cartoonist was an interesting article that this man could see when he designed the “impossible” and make it possible. He was a very creative man and a lateral thinker. Being a lateral thinker he didn’t solve problems traditionally. He saw other ways of doing things and could look at shapes and immediately put them into orders to create a design.


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