Friday 10 February was the last day of Green Week at London College of Communication. Some highlights from the ‘Activism’ themed day:
Unused and unloved furniture salvaged from the College was given a ‘new lease of life’ in the pop-up workshop Furniture Painting. Students were asked to use their imagination and were not given any formal brief. The furniture will be put up for auction on Supermarket Sarah’s website, founded by Sarah Bagner, who has been involved in several activities for Green Week.
“The Knitting Society, set up a month ago, is not only about the social side of knitting but also to share the value of the material more”, Bonnie, student from BA Graphic and Media Design explains. According to Mohamed Mohamed, recent graduate from BA Graphic and Media Design: Design for Information at the College explains, “not everyone makes their own clothes anymore. I think people value something they make themselves more than when they buy it in a shop. There is more to knitting than the odd scarf or pair of socks”. Mo previously knitted an algorithmic woollen pie using different colours and an advent calendar of which the ‘knitted’ days are self destructing. Mohamed is currently working on a project with Wally Ollins, world leading branding designer.
Merel Karhof, a product designer, came up with the idea of a wind knitting factory during her course at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Merel explains: “I wanted to design something that could produce something for me for free. And because we have a lot of wind, I was asking myself how I could turn that into a product”. The wind knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of a building and the material is rounded-off in individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label which explains in how much time it has been knitted and on which date. Karhof is currently working on a project with a wind wood sowing mill for which she designs the upholstery.