The past two lectures we covered some interesting points over various aspects of sustainability. Such as the way we think which plays into how we can design with sustainability in mind or designing specifically to be more sustainable. The ted talks really caught my eye and I loved seeing how there are designers in the fashion industry finding new ways to design more sustainable clothing. Such as the clothing Suzanne Lee grew from tea & bacteria. In the past I actually used an article for an assignment in textiles covering this clothing and now seeing and hearing about it again really helped me understand that this is a huge break through in sustainable clothing. Also brushing up on Biomimicry and going deeper into this design technique was really beneficial. Biomimicry is such an amazing thing that can inspire future sustainable projects and something the fashion and interior industry has really embraced over the years.
For the responsibility mapping exercise, myself and my learning community together spoke on the fashion industry’s wasted problem. The industry both the manufacturing and retail side are wasteful through garment disposal and over production of textiles, i.e. textile waste. Also the manufacturing side is harming the environment with toxic chemicals through water waste, which is also a huge problem. During this exercise we discussed how there could be more regulated changes made do decrease these wasteful and harmful factors. The fashion industry really needs to start making more of an effort to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The role we would play would be the fact we will all have careers and positions in the fashion industry; we would have various opportunities to inspire and create changes that need to be made.
I really felt Jim Tull was pointing something extremely important with this article. Tull essentially is teaching a lesson to humanity. The way he compares the titanic’s demise to humanity is a metaphor that really highlights the problems and challenges humanity has faced and are still facing. This article really reminded me of the film 2012 where the world was ending and the only humans able to survive by boarding ships was if they were wealthy or of high status. This parallel honestly shows how humanity could face something like this due to our poor care of the environment; as well as the injustice between different classes, races, cultures, and more.
Self-narratives & Paradigms
A Paradigms is essentially the “lens through which we perceive the world” it’s how each and every individually views everything from society, the environment, spiritual matters. This is how we shape our values and morals and what we believe in. Our self narratives are what influences or creates those paradigms. These are our values and morals and essentially how we think from how we perceive the world. If self narrative changes then perhaps so does paradigm. The tip of the iceberg is what the paradigms have lead to. In a sustainability point of view, we first perceive something such as a problem. Then we our lead to a finished resolution or idea, i.e. the tip.
The in-class mediation was a really unique and resourceful way to find a way to envision my future. I meditate often at home and usually don’t reflect on the “what could be”. This meditation how every allowed me to visualize who I could become. I think that there are many factors that are worth sustaining myself. This could include health, both mental and physical. For me mental health is key because in my opinion, it pays to be happy with yourself, no matter how many flaws you feel you have. Because if you can live happily with yourself you can then learn and create happiness with everything outside your self.
Going back over biomimicry, which was first introduced to me in Creative Problem Solving, was refreshing to my memory. Like I mentioned previously Biomimicry is such an amazing design technique. It really inspired me to use the idea of biomimicry in the future as a wardrobe stylist and creative director. I would perhaps utilize it to design sets, create outfits, and brand visions that could be an inspiring theme. As well as a way to showcase sustainable pieces and tools to the industry.
Helene is an amazing designer who has revolutionized the industry with her artistic and nature inspired designs. It was amazing to learn about how she grew and really took into account the ways she could influence the industry with her work to be sustainable and “green”.
Living Building Challenge
The Living Building Challenge I feel is a crucial introduction of a sustainable way to design and live especially to the architecture and interior industries. It would be amazing to live in a future with this idea which I feel would benefit humanity and the environment on so many levels.