Co-design4… Workshops


Socio-eco innovation by co-designing products & services Co-design4… is a series of inter-connected workshops facilitated by Alastair Fuad-Luke.

The co-design loop’s three pronged strategy which focuses on experiencing, problamatising and solutioning will be used to nurture collaborative exchanges. Co-design means ‘designing together’ therefore multi stakeholder and interdisciplinary action will be facilitated to develop holistic practice.

The workshops are aimed at:

…Design professionals …Design educators …Other professionals working within the sustainability arena …Design and other post-graduates …Socio-preneurs and eco-preneurs …Social and commercial enterprise managers …Sustainability managers or officers

There are 8 scheduled workshops with workshop 9 FREE to any participants in attendance to the previous workshops. Student rates are available.

Workshop 1 Eco-efficiency & Eco-effectiveness, 01 May 2009 The Venue: Hub King’s Cross, 34b York Way, London, N1 9AB, UK Tel: +44(0)20 7841 3450 Visit the website for further information

Gok’s Fashion Fix

Gok’s Fashion fix is back! I enjoyed the customisation theme of season one as Gok presented tips and tricks showing how to adapt high street clothing to create bespoke looks.

The new season explores new approaches taking viewers on a journey towards creating the perfect capsule wardrobe of interchangeable pieces selected to co-ordinate. This considerate approach encourages us to apply more rigour to our fashion consumption. Gok’s new mantra of buy less and wear more demonstrates that investing in clothing chosen to co-ordinate can create maximum looks with minimal pieces.

It’s a good mantra and it challenges us to question do we really wear everything in out wardrobe?

I also like the subject of high street v high fashion as Gok battles it out each week to style high street fashion to compete against high end designer fashion.

1239735600-652136-goksfash-12391013860To compete against bespoke tailoring and luxury fabric he styles and adapts high street fashion on a budget by cutting, stitching, pinning and tucking. All looks are styled and paraided on the catwalk at the end of the show with the audience voting for their favourute looks.


The show is packed with lots of tips and tricks to activly engage with fashion to maximise the efficiency of our wardrobes by creating looks to suit our body shape and styled to accommodate our daily functions. The customisation themes encourages DIY practice and with an increase in sewing machine sales there is a growing trend in make do and mend.


Visit the fashion fix website for further info

DIY designer clothing and accessories

The Guardian and The Observer have launched  DIY ethical fashionmake-your-own-bag-make-yo-011make-your-own-bag-make-yo-010: Make your own designer clothes and accessories.

They have collaborated with designers to create step-by-step “how to” guides illustrated with beautiful photographs taking the maker on a journey of marking out, cutting and sewing to create bespoke fashion and accessories.

Allowing you to make your own:

Celia Birtwell stencil print bag
Jade Jagger bracelet
Stephen Jones hat
Vivienne Westwood dress

This offers insights into the design process and allows consumers to create bespoke goods at affordable prices. The hands on approach also allows us to engage in craft and DIY at a time when we are questioning our consumption, providing an alternative to mass produced goods that don’t cost a fortune.

Computational Design

Nervous System have created a custom design tool to allow users to create bespoke products. Consumers can opt to buy ready designed jewellery or create their own. Each item is laser cut or produced through rapid prototyping methods by which all unique pieces can be manufactured at the same cost as cookie cutter ones. Therefore everything is affordable and ethically made.

They have also released their source code under the creative commons license to encourage others to adopt a similar approach. This interactive approach allows unique products to be created and as there is no definitive, final product, many designs can be created to allow for mass customisation.

Build Your Own Bag

The bYOB concept was the creation of the Object-Based Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, Gauri Nanda, Adrian Cable and V. Michael Bove Jr (2004)

“envisioning a conversation between a handbag, a scarf and a dress”

The intelligent fabric patches/swatches can be assembled to create a handbag (or any fashion ensemble). Each patch contains different technology functions that allow the creation to perform once connected. The video explains the process, function and use…

Its a fantastic example of interactive customisation, allowing the user/ wearer / co-designer to adapt the pieces to new scenarios. Its also a cleverly engineered concept for transformable fashion as it has been designed for assembly and disassembly.

Vintage Barbie – Mix n Match

This barbie advert was a little before my time but I think the way the child places the clothing and the doll in front on the mirror conveys how much consideration children apply when dressing their dolls/ playing dress up…

My barbie days have definitely had an impact on my ‘grown up’ fashion experiences. I think it was then that I realised what a joy clothing can bring…

Seam- Less

I have been thinking about clothkit/kit fashion… Is there a toolkit that will allow anybody to create their own clothing?

Cloth-kits were a 70’s phenomenon of pre-printing garment patterns onto fabric, requiring the user to cut along the pre-printed lines, assemble and stitch. Then in the 90’s visionary fashion designer Issey Miyake took the concept to a whole new level when he introduced A-POC (a piece of cloth).

To create A-POC an industrial weaving machine is controlled by a programmed computer, which produces continuous tubes of fabric, which form both shape and pattern, producing seamless garments requiring no needle and thread! To assemble the wearer cuts along the pre-.marked lines, to adapt shape and length and then the garment is ready to wear!

This patent-pending process has been a closely guarded industry secret, which has the potential to provide design solutions at a time when we are rethinking and questioning our production and consumption. Prof Toshiko Mori, an architect at the Harvard Graduate School of Design referred to A-POC as a high tech, high design, low-cost solution.