Sustainability and ThinkLifecycle

Have you ever given thought to where what you wear comes from? The fibre, the manufacture and the design process are all part of the lifecycle of a garment. Alice Payne, PhD student from Qeensland University of Technology, is investigating mass market fashion and has come up with a concept called ThinkLifecycle, a system to promote sustainability in the fashion process which won “Fashioning the Future Awards 2011″ for the Unique Enterprise category. The notion of ‚Äėlifecycle‚Äô is drawn from the natural world, in which, as McDonough and Braungart (2002) describe, all waste becomes food for the next lifecycle. This provides a model for developing materials and processes which mimic this natural order. Listen to RadioNational interview where she explain her project.

The Sublime And The Vulnerable. The Art Of Carrie Mae Rose

Article originally¬†published on Digicult¬†‚Äď Articolo originariamente¬†pubblicato su Digicult Invented by the famous, controversial and brilliant scientist¬†Nikola Tesla¬†at the end of XIX century, the‚ÄúViolet Ray‚Ä̬†became a popular tool of healing in electrotherapy. In the thirties it was said that the discharge of electrical particles of a violet color emitted by the device could cure ailments ranging from back pain to the effects of anthrax. Edgar Cayce, the father of holistic medicine, strongly recommended its use, until the¬†Food & Drug Administration¬†forbade the sale after the manufacturer had to pay compensation for damage caused using this instrument. A few decades later, however, the ‚ÄúViolet Ray‚ÄĚ came back. It began to spread through its derivative tool called¬†Violet Wands, an electrical stimulator that became popular in police departments and S&M communities. In fact, thanks to the control of its various degrees of intensity, electric discharge could be applied at low voltage with variable intensity ranging from stimulating pleasure to permanently damaging the body parts affected.

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Io Artigianato / Tu Industria: un incontro in Olanda per parlare del futuro della manifattura

Nonostante nella societ√† dell’informazione il lavoro manuale si sia guadagnato una brutta reputazione per la sua mancanza di status e per i bassi guadagni, il contributo degli artigiani e delle artigiane nell’economia olandese √® considerevole: si contano infatti 900mila posti di lavoro su un totale di 16 milioni di popolazione. E’ snocciolando questi numeri che Henk Oosterling inizia il suo intervento. Filosofo, professore e fondatore di Skill City, il progetto che sta rivitalizzando e rinnovando il tessuto urbano di Rotterdam a partire proprio dal connettere le abilit√† manuali a traiettorie di formazione e occupazionali. Quello di Oosterling √® il primo degli interventi programmati per MeCraft/YouIndustry, il simposio organizzato dall’istituto olandese per la moda e il design Premsela in collaborazione con il museo Zuiderzee, che ospita, in contemporanea, la mostra Industrious|Artifacts con lo scopo di esplorare e indagare il significato dell’artigianalit√† contemporanea. Henk prosegue l’intervento raccontando come negli ultimi anni il governo olandese abbia lanciato una campagna nazionale coinvolgendo celebrit√†, artisti,

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