Co-design4… Workshops

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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

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Trendy Workshop

Trendy-workshop.com is co-founded by Tristan de Montebello, a french fashion platform designed to allow users to design their own clothing and share their designs with other users within the trendy workshop community forum.

I think a lot of retailers are beginning to realise the potential in mass innovation v mass production. As consumers begin to use these co-creation methods, will we see a trend toward more personalised goods and services? I think so. I also think that the clothing will be regarded with deeper consideration as the consumer has invested time and effort into the design process…
However, as the clothing is being produced  China its makes me questions some elements of the supply chain?

The Power of the Crowd

I found this video on youtube of the opening of the Primark store in Oxford Street. I was just amazed by the rush of the crowd… it shows the consumers determination to seek out fashion must haves on a budget. There are so many people rushing around and I think the video illustrates the impact and power of the crowd…

Just imagine what a difference we could make if we all worked together to engage in fashion! So many people coming together with shared goals could influence big change!

Co-Creation Quote

Illustration by JoyNevada

“I believe a desirable life depends on our deliberatly choosing a life of action, over a life of consumption, on our engendering a life style that will allow us to be spontaneous, independent, yet related to each other, rather than maintaining a lifestyle which only allows us to produce and consume.”

Ivan Illich (1970)

Learning to Love You More

Digital media is changing the consumer experience. No longer are we led by super brands telling us what we need and when we need it. We are becoming more educated about the reasoning behind the goods and services we buy into – allowing us to make informed decisions.

The way we engage with goods or services is changing as technology advances. We now have many more opportunities to connect with others on a global scale to share skills, ideas and experiences.

I came across an interesting project called “Learning to Love you More” by artists Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July. They have created a web platform which present a series of 70 assignments and member’s of the public are invited to complete any/all of the assignments using film, photography or text. The submissions are curated and posted on the “learning to love you more” website. Since the launch of the project in 2002, over 8,000 people have participated and some of their work has been included in exhibitions which have been shown in venues all over the world. A book has also been written and curated by July and Harrell, presenting some of the content.

Some of the assignments are open to interpretation and prompt thinking about relationships, society, our environment, memories, feelings, experiences, people… This is a lovely example of participatory practice, allowing the public to creatively engage and collaborate. The project presents beautiful insights into human experience and interactions showcasing how people think, act and love.

The Clothes Show – Guide to Swapping

Swapsies – what’s mine is yours

“Sisters, sisters, never were there two more devoted sisters, caring, sharing every little thing that we are wearing…” song by Irving Berlin
Clothing has caused so many rows between my sister and I when we were growing up… never did we think we would speak the words “what’s mine is yours” out loud!

My sister and I are only a year apart in age and through our childhood we were always dressed in the same (sometimes different colours, but always the same clothing). The downside to being the youngest is that she had to wear the outfit longer by wearing my ‘hand me downs’ as I grew out of them. My Mum is not one to be wasteful would get the last possible wear out of each piece of clothing before handing over to friends or charity shops.

We can recollect times when family dropped in clothing that no longer fitted our older cousins. We used to ransack the bag with delight – it was always something new to us and we found it exciting.
As fashion has become more accessible, prices have dropped and people don’t always associate a great deal of value to their clothing. If a top costs £3 and the trousers £5 why go to the effort of passing it on – when someone can buy an outfit for less than £10?
With the gloomy reality of being in the midst of a recession consumers are being encouraged to buy into clothing that is more durable, classic and will last the test of time. Will this bring back trading, swapping and exchanging?
My sister and I’s relationship to clothing has changed and we now work as a team. We recently started doing “swapsies” where I take a bag of clothing over to her house or mine and we trade. Similar to when we were children in the playground and traded sweets  we called the process “one for one”.
I recently came across a website founded by Judy Berger in 2004, called “whatsmineisyours.com” –  this online community allows users to upload clothing, while other users bid their interest to purchase or exchange something in return. I think this is an exciting way to update or refresh your wardrobe without spending a fortune. It also brings people with a genuine love for fashion together to exchange style tips and value clothing.