We would like to share with you all another project carried out during this 2019-20 academic year. The students of the subject Models and prototypes of the Degree in Industrial Design of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), have worked on the principles of Craft Your Future.
The second project selected is the PlogBag shoulder bag, designed by the student Amparo García González, and developed by the textile artisan MónicaCurvetto of Moon de Val, with a workshop based in the city of Valencia.
Shoulder bag created with recycled materials to give them a second life. It is inspired by a new sport called Plogging, which owes its name to adding two terms: jogging (running) and plocka upp (in Swedish it means picking up). It is about incorporating into the daily exercise routine the practice of collecting all the garbage that is in your path.
Circularity: The PlogBag material is made from automotive waste, with bovine remains of fabrics for interior upholstery.
Digital Manufacturing: 3D printed grommets have been created to connect the strap to the main part of the product.
Necessity: It arises from the need to have a bag to use while we are Plogging, that is, running or playing sports picking up trash.
Differential Value: The product is created with recycled materials, and its purpose is to recycle and contribute to the environment, which is why it invites recycling and contributes to caring for our environment.
The third project that we are going to share has been developed along the same lines with the CYF (Craft Your Future) principles as the previous ones, with the group from the Workshop on Models and Prototypes workshop at the Universitat Politècnica de València.
The student Gemma Herrero has designed Al Sac!. She has worked together with the craftsman Josué Giménez Giménez of the Arpillera company. The workshop is located in a small town next to the city of Valencia, Benifairo de les Valls.
General description: Al Sac! is a project that arises from the desire to highlight the motifs of jute sacks commonly used by Valencian farmers in the countryside. Combining tradition, artisanal manufacturing methods and new technologies, Al Sac!, It becomes a bag with a current and young air available to anyone that can be used as a shoulder bag and hung on the frame of a bicycle.
Circularity: Circularity based on the reuse of jute sacks used in the field by farmers to harvest. These, coming from coffee exporting countries, once in the Valencia countryside, are filled with products grown in the countryside. Circularity is a very important aspect in this project as it is not the first recycling cycle that the bag goes through, but it is the end of a long process of reuse in the field.
Digital Manufacturing: In order to give a modern and youthful touch that brings modernity and aesthetics to such a rustic-looking base product, jute fabric is combined with recycled seat belts (scrapping cars) and industrially machined aluminum pins. These, in addition to providing the aforementioned aesthetic, add the functionality of a sturdy and versatile shoulder bag, as it can also be hung on the frame of a city bike.
Necessity: The need covered by this product is the easy and convenient transport of work and study tools that are so common today, such as a laptop, among others.
Traveling around the city using a bicycle as a means of transport has many advantages, but we usually find it difficult to conveniently transport everyday tools. With Al Sac!, this problem is solved, as the user can carry these tools comfortably on the bike with a bag that is later transformed into a shoulder bag perfectly integrated into the urban environment.
Differential Value: What sets Al Sac!, apart from other similar shoulder bags, are the manufacturing materials and dual functionality thought and designed for an urban utility.
Manufacturing materials are reused and local, helping to reduce the environmental impact and promoting the consumption of local products.
How does soapmaking springs from our Craft Your Future ideation game? Easy! Just connect the dots.
At the circular makersevent #Casco organised by Friesland College D’Lab as part of Craft your Future , students connected the dots crafts (soap making), trends&tech (3d printing & DIY) and circularity (recycle).
The Craft your Future Ideation game, developed by Learning Hub Friesland, uses product ideation cards. By playing the game, students groups invent new products which combines traditional crafts, new trends and technologies and the circular economy to solve a real-world challenge. Students pick a wildcard to keep them on their toes.
At the festival we solved a challenge the Frisian Waterboard facing, and tested the solution; a Do It Yourself soap making kit.
Challenge: Waterboards in the Netherlands spend millions of euros annually on removing deep-frying fat from the sewer. Especially around new year’s eve, the Dutch tend to flush their used frying fat (used for the traditional new year’s dish ‘oliebollen’) through the sink, resulting in clogging and pollution.
Result: Soap bars made from used deep fry fat. The product is a Do It Yourself soap making home kit which will be a free give away when people buy deep frying fat in December. The kit includes the recipe, some basic ingredients and necessities and 3D print instruction for the mall and stamp with logo. By working together with the waterboards and solving their problem the total investment will be made by the waterboard.
During the 2019-20 academic year, the students of the Industrial Design Degree, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV, Spain), have worked on the principles of Craft Your Future.
The projects have been developed in the second semester and coinciding with the Pandemic lockdown period.
For this reason, teaching has been carried out online and the students have developed different projects from home and in collaboration with an artisan online as well.
The panel of experts from the Crafts Center of the Valencian Community, together with the teachers of the subject, made the final selection. It was made following the principles and summary applied by the philosophy that emerges from Craft your future.
The first project selected is Me.ka vase, designed by the student Itziar Viila, and developed by the artisan Tiziana Chiara, a jeweler who works with glass.
Vase designed for both public and private spaces whose objective is to repel insects especially during the spring or summer seasons.
The use of natural insect repellents and not harmful to people or for the environment such as lavender or lemon and clove is strongly considered.
The shape of the vase evokes the union between nature, by using natural branches as its support points, and modernity, using a base made in 3D printing.
Circularity: The base or main piece is made up of a recycled canning jar, to give a second life to this glass container.
Recycling mason cans allows a new use to all those products that have a single purpose at the beginning and that most consumers end up discarding.
Digital Manufacturing: Regarding the bottom of the vase it is 3D modeled and printed in white PLA, trying to follow the aesthetics of the product.
In addition, it has a wider shape, giving the vase more uniqueness and some holes to improve the stability of the natural branches with the ground.
Necessity: The objective is to get rid of the constant discomfort of insects approaching us or to our food being outdoors, but doing it discreetly and naturally.
Differential Value: This product can serve as a vase, candleholder, and insect repellent or why not decorative element.
Also in this Corona-age our international projects do continue. Unfortunately it is not possible to organize a physical international meeting yet. Locally though we had our first ‘physical’ meeting since the start of the out-break. It was very nice to brainstorm in the same physical room. Hopefully the virus will continue to die-out quickly so we can also meet-up with our international partners and their students soon.
At the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year, the “Tryavna Art School” equips a brand new school-Lab wich is planed to function as a 3D-printer room, with 3D printer machines which aims to raise the level of vocational education.
National High School of Applied Arts “Tryavna Art School”, is very pleased to say that the school received a serious donation in the form of three 3D printers from John Martini from the Netherlands. Along with the three “Ender” 3D-machines, the school invested also to buy one “Ultimaker” 3D-printer.
From the beginning, students and teachers began to use and explore new technology. They were introduced to the software and the variety of programs needed to work with 3D design. The new technology has become an active part of the Sculpture, Woodcarving and Interior Design classes as part of the learning process. The students also began to carry out their own projects and find it useful.
“Our main purpose like School of Arts and Crafts is to learn about the new technologies and how we can use them in our crafts and artistic developments. Connecting these two fields in such a young age wich are our students, we provide them an opportunity to progress faster and smarter, keeping Crafts alive.”
Institution: National High School of Applied Arts “Tryavna Art School” Location: Bulgaria, Tryavna city Partner in Craft Your Future project.
Oceanonaranja FabLab has changed its daily activity for a completely new and unusual on till today. It is actively helping to combat the actual deficiencies in personal protection equipments for medical and healthcare personnal, police forces etc
It is designing his own models of protective masks, made of material donated by manufacturers and distributors of PET and PMMA. The masks are completely free for the user. We hope to be helping to Craft our Future.
Together with local waste streams, the latest technologies and methodologies, creating new innovative products and services, testing and offering them in a local circular economy.
On the 26th of Februari the circular quater MAKERS project has been pitched against the shop owners of the Circular Quarter (an area of several shopping streets in Leeuwarden (NL). With this an unique cooperation between VET, BSc and MSc schools has started. The D’Lab, the Circular Design Lab and the Frisian design factory are playing a mayor role in connecting everybody and by empowering students to make innovative products from waste streams.
Lab Circularity is an initiative of NHLStenden and Future
Proof Retail in cooperation with the municipality of Leeuwarden and the Leeuwarder
entrepreneurial foundation. Since the beginning of September 2019 eleven
students are working closely together with shop owners from the ‘nieuwe Oosterstraat’, a shopping
street with a variety of shops in the city center of Leeuwarden. The main goal of this cooperation is
to move to a much more sustainable and circular local economy. Students do
field research in which they are looking for practical solutions to enable shop
owners to work more sustainable and circular and include the stakeholders in
the value chain.
Circular Quarter MAKERS
The circular Quarter MAKERS are VET students from a
variety of different courses and therefore with various expertise. It is their
responsibility to translate concepts and ideas into real life tangible products
A Social Manufacturing Framework for Streamlined Multi-stakeholder Open Innovation Missions in Consumer Goods Sectors.
Oceanonaranja FabLab involved a second time in an EU project related the design and the new fabrication technologies.
The Kick off meeeting in Valencia on january the 14th.
iPRODUCE delivers a novel social-manufacturing platform that enables multi-stakeholder interactions and collaborations to support user-driven open-innovation and co-creation. At the heart of the iPRODUCE platform is an open digital space that facilitate co-creation ventures through secure and interoperable exchange of data and domain-specific intelligence. The digital space is utilised by a set of innovative tools that support matchmaking, secure interactions, generative product design, process orchestration, co-creation up to agile prototyping, usability evaluations and lifecycle management. The iPRODUCE platform is deployed in local ‘ecosystems’ (composed of SME association, manufacturing and specialist SMEs, Fablabs, Makers spaces etc) under the notion of collaborative MDFs or cMDFs. The platform supports knowledge and resource sharing across cMDFs through which a federation of cMDFs is established. The cMDFs are equipped with iPRODUCE platform together with novel co-creation methodologies, training toolkits and sharing-economy business models to adapt the organisational systems, shape the social manufacturing processes and scale collaborative production activities.
With a brand new, highly advanced printer, students of the Fashion Design course at Friesland College can now make spectacular fabrics themselves. A painting? A tile tableau? It can all be translated into fabric, to make special clothes out of it. What’s more: the Textile Lab can make fashion considerably more sustainable.
D’Drive presented the printer on Thursday at the campus in Leeuwarden. The idea is that the school and partners in the world of fashion and design will work closely together to exploit the possibilities of designing the fabric and a 3D pattern in the computer program, which can transfer all that information perfectly to the printer. The printer prints the whole thing into the fabric.
This technique can very well be used to make prototypes, to elaborate a design or to make a small production. Now a fabric or prototype often has to come from other corners of the world. The transport, the paint, the fabrics, the working conditions… ‘The fashion industry is not exactly sustainable’, said Sicco Piekeboer, director of D’Drive. “We’re going to do something about that”.
A smart combination of craftsmanship and technical innovation opens up new possibilities. From faraway to local production, from fast fashion to craft, from mass to own identity and more…’ According to Piekeboer, crafts in the creative sector can once again be made ‘futureproof’. That is also the aim of the Craft Your Future project, in which the Friesland College works together with partners in the region and abroad.
The students like to work on assignments, said Janne Manderfeld. Together with teachers, the student studied the programme in depth, with which you can make a very precise design in 3D. No more hassle with fitting models and wasting material, everything ‘custom made’ with good materials… ‘You have to do a lot of testing to master everything’, says Janne. But it works beautifully.
And as a student I’ll soon be able to use the latest techniques. That’s great, if you want to work somewhere or set up your own line.
The Textile Lab fits in seamlessly with the attention for sustainability within the Friesland College, said Dominique Derks, practor Sustainable Thinking Sustainable Doing. Moreover, the project stems from the quality agenda, with which the school is working on innovation in education.
The lab certainly fits in with the spirit of the times, said Eileen Blackmore of House of Design. At a time when we mainly have to unravel, design is increasingly about the question: what do we add to what is already there… Design is about the story. Does it stand for something? Is there a market for it? Otherwise we make more stuff, while we want less stuff’. According to her, the Textiel Lab can contribute a lot to the careful use of good and beautiful materials.