My favorite portion of the lectures this week was how everything seemed to have a futuristic vibe. The Cartoonist, Thinking Ahead, Titanistad, and even our Ted Talks all had the same theme of thinking outside of the box. I love to read about people who use their own imaginations to invent or think up things that are out of this would crazy, but just crazy enough that they could become possible. IN our field, I believe that we will have to think out of the box on a daily basis to come up to solutions no matter the variety of jobs we could have coming out of DHM. Human Science’s motto “Solving human problems and enhancing human lives” says it all. We all have to be futurists to some extent to keep the world spinning while we constantly learn and evolve.
The responsibility mapping exercise was interesting to me because everyone had a little bit of a different opinion on what they thought problems were in the apparel industry. The problem that always stands above the rest to me is the waste of materials. As fashion continues to have shorter and shorter cycles with still no real key way to recycle all fabrics and findings, I think fast fashion is going to soon be fearful for our environment taking up many landfills. I believe the main catalyst for change is the designer. Consumers are constantly getting bored of trends and feeling a constant need for the newest thing because we have been trained that way. In today’s world to be a successful designer you pretty much need to come up with the newest and hottest styles each and every season to keep up in the industry and stay afloat. If designers could slow down their processes then consumers would be forced to stay in a trend instead of it becoming a fad and thus cause the fashion cycle to slow down. As a consumer and soon to be professional in the apparel industry I can play a role by voicing my opinion to any and all that will listen to start a movement and slow down fast fashion and material waste.
Reading the Titanistad, Futurist, and Cartoonist this week was a fun change to our articles we have been reading since they all had to do with the future. My favorite out of these articles was Looking at the Future through a Cartoonist’s Eyes. This article was inspiring to me how he would dream up futuristic things in his head and be able to draw them to make them come to life. It was interesting to me when he described his thinking process. One of the ways he said he comes up with new ideas is when he is driving down the road on an empty highway and his brain goes somewhere else. I can relate to this because there have been many times I have driven back to school from home with the radio on being the only one on a two lane highway and 30 minutes later realizing I had been lost in thought and had traveled much further than I had realized. He talked about having a sketchpad set up in his vehicle where he could sketch while he drove anything that popped up into his mind. It is crazy to me that 21 years before Google Glass was invented, Mr. Johnson had drawn up a similar cartoon product just by thinking in his head out of the box. These are the types of people we need to help us find a creative solution to sustainability that everyone in the world can come to terms with.
When we spoke about the tip of the iceberg lecture, the graphic in the PowerPoint really helped me to see and understand the topic. Every issue we face has layers and layers of subcomponents that make up the tip of the iceberg. There are so many challenges we face in sustainability that people do not realize have a trickle effect just like how the graphic showed there was so much more to the iceberg underneath the surface than the human eye could perceive. Patterns can cause things like climate change to slowly come into effect and be more and more concerning every day by activities we as humans partake in every day. The structures of our lifestyles and the patterns or habits we create with how we live our lives and how we treat the earth all add up. If we think about the millions of patterns one single person does or creates every single day and multiply it by the number of people on the planet, it is riveting to think about how one person truly can make a difference to shed off even the smallest bit of the underlying iceberg with our constant struggle to create and sustain sustainable lifestyles.
When we first began the meditation in class, I was a little uneasy. I had never meditated before so it was way out of my comfort zone. After awhile I let myself relax and try to really begin to meditate. To my surprise, I actually loved it by the time we finished. I left class feeling refreshed and energized. During my meditation I saw my backyard with my future family. We had big trees and tons of soft green grass as far as I could see. This really put into perspective for me how we need to be proactive about climate change and start taking better care of our earth and its resources. I want my future family to be able to have the same happiness from nature that I have been able to have as a kid and growing into a young adult. There is something about nature, to me, that makes me feel at peace. I imagined a large window in my office for work where I could see outside and to me, it became clear that we all need to be proactive in reducing our carbon footprint for future generations to have the same or hopefully better experiences that we have been able to have with nature.
Biomimicry is a fun but difficult process to me to understand. I believe having an Apparel Design and Production minor can help me to be able to understand how to research ways that biomimicry could come into play in the apparel industry. I believe biomimcry is a complex task, so although off the top of my head I do not know how I might use biomimcry, I do believe it is something I can pursue and learn more about. I believe biomimcry is the future and key to creating products that have support a more sustainable lifestyle. Janine said in her Ted Talk that Biomimicry is learning an idea from an organism and then applying it. I think her deep understanding of nature and how she figures out how organisms actually work is intriguing and I would love to learn more about how she learns and studies this.
Ying Gao is an incredible designer that I think needs to become more well known. I had never heard of her before but after the lecture in class decided to go back to her website and check some of her designs out. It was crazy to me what all she could create and design from ideas in her head. I can’t imagine creating garments that react to sound waves, she has to have quite the brain to create such impeccable designs.
The living product challenge is not like any challenge I have heard of before. Imagining products that are beneficial to our environment instead of harmful seems almost out of reach. We are in such a rut with our current sustainability crisis it is hard to believe this could become true, although I hope it does. The petal intent was particularly interesting to me how it is to create positive ways that can help people to understand our natural environment.