GoodWaste ‘Waste’ is regarded as unusable, unwanted, the degree zero of value, and is stripped of its former identity as desired and useful materials or products. GoodWaste is a circular design initiative that seeks to redefine what we throw away, collecting off-cuts and ‘waste’ from sites in London and breathing new life into material otherwise destined for landfill.
The Shape of Light The movement and growth of plants in nature is influenced by external stimuli and hormones, bending, twisting and elongating to access water and light. This project was inspired by the ways in which leaves seasonally change shape over time, growing in the spring and falling and drying in the autumn. When drying, the skeletal structure forces the body of the leaf to move into a new position. Through studying these simple patterns, a series of algorithmic forms where produced to replicate natural movement and structure.
Woven Cognition This research project responded to the environmental and ethical consequences of integrating technology into textiles. Through embedding knit with a matrix of conductive yarn, tech components (e.g. sensors or LEDs) can simply be placed in hidden pockets and activated without the need for glue or soldering.
Embroidered Manufacturing Embroidered Manufacturing extends the application and function of embroidery and blends a traditional craft with the capabilities of modern manufacturing through applying the principles of 3D printing. Instead of using sheets of material and cutting out patterns, production waste is designed out by making ‘soft’ objects from only the necessary amount of yarn.
Adidas Vac Chair The Vac Chair collection responded to a brief set by adidas to find closed loop applications for their in-store waste.
Eco CMYK Many dyes used in the fashion and textile industries have been found to be toxic and carcinogenic, exposing workers to harmful vapors and chemicals and often polluting local rivers and waterways in factory communities. Before the development of synthetic dyes, archeologists have traced the use of natural dyes from plants, barks and minerals back to the Neolithic period, 12000 years ago. Through hacking a desktop printer and harvesting ink from food waste, this project presents a range of CMYK inks to print patterns on fabric in the 21st Century, digitizing an age old tradition.
© Rafael EL Baz