Blog Five

The week six reading where over the selected topics referring to each major for the student. When reading the article we are to reflect on the article and understand what’s involving around in our major industries. The article for apparel design majors was the smart skin, making apparel clothing out of human skin, and an organism that will hold the same structure as cloth/material fabric. The human skin is the ultimate multitasker, it can sense pressure, feel temperature and detect humidity and emotional at the same time. It’s known that it’s expensive and tricky for the scientist when creating such a direct analog for things. Over some years the engineers have actually made a smart skin, which could also be used to make a prosthetics smarter wearable technology that will make that individual feel like a real life human leg. The Ted talk from Elora Hardy, in the video she explains, the bamboo home as a magical house, made of bamboo. The home was structured very uniquely, and it had an abstract view to it and the stricter is very durable. She explained on the research she had to apply before building, because of the many insects feeds on the bamboo. She began to treat all the bamboo through a processing cycle with insect repellant and for weather protection. Elora Hardy spoke on the defying convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. Also, no two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge, and bathroom are exquisitely unique.
She spent the last five years revolutionizing a bamboo construction in the belief that it is an underused but ideal renewable resource. What’s most interesting about bamboo is it has the compressive force of concrete, the strength – to – weight ratio of steel, and is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Damage from insects and moisture are its primary weaknesses, but if treated, bamboo structures can last a lifetime. The edible spoon was the second video we viewed involving the bamboo material/concept. The edible spoon was created in India, the company created the spoon based around the less use of plastic and with an eco-mind set. The edible spoons are created with millet and have a nutritional value such as rice and wheat and sorghum flour. The spoons have a shelf life of three years and are biodegradable and with that being the main source. It will make the earth healthier because if the product such as the spoon doesn’t come out correct or has some sort of default it can be disposed properly and not harm the earth. When watching the video it made me reflect on how I could affect the environment with my future clothing store and how I can change the aspect of how a normal apparel store affects the world and think of the store as an eco fashion store. I always more stores that stand on a high wastage level would incorporate more of eco solutions into their store producers, including retail, fast-food, restaurants. Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. …Biophilic design, an extension of biophilia, incorporates natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views and other experiences of the natural world into the modern built environment. I enjoy the column nature in the space, the three biophilic design I can reflect on the most is the Visual connection with nature, Non- Visual Connection with Nature, and Mystery which is the nature of the space column. The visual connection with nature, which is a view of elements of nature, living systems, and natural processes. It’s more of like a class view experience instead of actually fully experiencing the elements such as a beach experience. The non-visual connection with nature is the auditory, haptic, olfactory, or gustatory stimuli that engender a deliberate and positive reference to nature, living systems or natural processes. My reflection on the non-visual connection with nature is more of a face to face experience and allowing it to consume you on a peaceful level. The Mystery section was the promise of more information achieved through partially obscured views or other sensory devices that entice the individual to travel deeper into the environment.
The earth is a mystery and with it being a mystery you have to explore to discover the best or the worst. The earth has many layers willing and needing to be peeled back for the information to be revealed. The different animals, fishes, insects, and plants that we can naturally incorporate to replace the many toxic items we have man made is what we should evolve more towards. The deeper we dig the more knowledge we gain to cure diseases and the more knowledge we revealed to cure the earth’s ozone. The eco design is known as an approach to designing products with special consideration for the environmental impact of the product during its whole lifecycle. It also helps reflect on the cradle-to-cradle concept. The biomimetic also has an approach towards the design of many products and designs. Which leads me towards the Ted 10 principles we watched in class. One of the principles that stood out the most was the design to reduce energy and water use. Like using different materials that don’t consume a lot of water or that are in need of a lot of water such as cotton. So instead of using cotton using a material that consumes energy and can hold the same structure for clothing. The second the design for cycle ability the idea of the product was for the material to be able to be upcycled, disassembled, and also mono materiality. The point of upcycling is for the reuse of the clothing being recycled and refurbished for a new design. Many things can be recycled and reused along as we can get a bigger support group with recycling the fabric and making them go through the cycle of a new life. I came up with the idea of a flower and an egg because egg stands for reproduction and the process of growing a flower shares the same similarity with rebirth. img_2491

Egg, Flower/ rebirth


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