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Title: Craft practice for sustainability. Re-thinking commercial footwear design process with a woven textile approach
Authors: Pinski, Jenny
Kane, Faith
Evans, Mark A.
Keywords: Design for sustainability
Practice-led research
Hands-on design
Footwear
Woven textiles
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © The Authors
Citation: PINSKI, J., KANE, F. and EVANS, M.A., 2017. Craft practice for sustainability. Re-thinking commercial footwear design process with a woven textile approach. IN: Bang, A.L., Mikkelsen, M. and Flinck, A. (eds.) Cumulus REDO Conference Proceedings, Design School Kolding, 30 May – 2 June 2017, Aalto, Denmark: Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.
Abstract: The role of hand processes in design has evolved through history and in the present day, designers frequently employ digital methods. This brings opportunities but can limit material knowledge and it is therefore timely to reflect on the significance of hand processes. This paper explores the potential of craft-based woven textile approaches to designing sandals for large-scale manufacture. It addresses the research questions: what is the current situation/market in footwear/woven textile design; what are the benefits/drawbacks of a hands-on/craft-based approach to footwear design; does the approach have the potential to facilitate improved sustainability and if so, in what capacity? The paper presents findings from a practice-led study and key advantages of a craft-based approach were identified in generating in-depth knowledge of constructions and materials. This led to design outcomes that have potential benefits in sustainability through a zero/low-waste construction. However, the findings indicate difficulties in logistics, timescale and cost efficiency.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24995
Publisher Link: http://cumuluskolding2017.org/proceedings/
ISBN: 9788793416154
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