Monthly Archives: December 2012

BRIDGE CLUB : What is sustainable?

This meeting focussed on discussing what we mean by sustainability. Members of BRIDGE CLUB brought objects and materials that all have some element of sustainability, whether they are locally produced, recyclable, or durable. Dr Joan Farrer challenged the group to … Continue reading

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BRIDGE CLUB : What is sustainable? Durability

Stefano discussed the notion of emotional durability proposed by Professor Jonathan Chapman. Can you design into objects a desire to keep them for longer, and remove the need to constantly update and replace them? He brought a Jasper Morrison knife. … Continue reading

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BRIDGE CLUB: What is Sustainable? Mooncup

As part of a  Knowledge Transfer Partnership project Tony Hicks and Joan Farrer have been working with the founders of Mooncup in recent years. Mooncup is an alternative re-useable tampon originally developed in the 1930s, and reproduced  8 years ago using … Continue reading

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BRIDGE CLUB : What is sustainable? Silk project in Madagascar

Izze Roffe-Sylvester brought a sample of woven silk from a village called Soatanana in Madagascar from an  NGO project called FeedbackMadagascar. They have introduced silkworms to create a sustainable industry for the local people in an area where there has been … Continue reading

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BRIDGE Club : What is sustainable? Smile Plastics

Marney brought samples from Smile Plastics – sheet material using plastic from different sources including detergent, shampoo and milk bottles as well as CDs. Can recycling plastic be truly sustainable if it would be better to reduce the amount of products … Continue reading

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BRIDGE CLUB: What is sustainable? Wood and plant fibres

Jasmine Nicholls Textiles students brought samples of Tencel, a wood pulp fibre, originally from Eucalyptus developed by Courtaulds in 1982, produced by Lensing. She is dealing with the idea of rudimentary design within my work. She has been hand spinning and … Continue reading

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