Introducing Re-Mantle and Make

InDI researchers are looking for designers to take part in a new project explore the role of maker spaces in redistributed manufacturing.

Re-Mantle and Make is a six-month feasibility study into creating a circular economy within the textile manufacturing sector.

Here, project lead Dr Jen Ballie tells the InDI blog a bit more.

Our practice-led research will produce a small collection of fashion accessories within a circular economy model. In addition, we will prototype a potential future maker space for circular textile design. This will scope what tools, techniques, equipment and materials might be required for a future sustainable manufacturing scenario.

Our study aims to explore the barriers and opportunities for implementing a closed loop innovation in the textile sector; its possible scale and the potential role for maker spaces in sustainable design.

We’re looking for designers with an interest in this area to take part in a “Re-Make-A-Thon” in January, which will look at circular design for textiles using locally sourced textile waste.

The workshop will include lightning talks from inspirational speakers and include a demonstration of textile techniques and equipment. Then, everyone gets a chance to be creative!

A beautiful range of surplus textiles have been kindly gifted by Begg & Co, Johnstons of Elgin and Scottish Leather Group Ltd.

The event is on Friday January 13 at MakLab’s Charing Cross Studio, Glasgow, from 8am-8pm.

The Glasgow School of Art has secured funding for the study from the Royal College of Art, London, which is leading a larger project: Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing, a two-year research initiative funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This wider piece of work explores the role of maker spaces in redistributed manufacturing.

InDI’s work is in partnership with Kalopsia Collective – a micro-manufacturing unit based in Edinburgh, and MakLab Maker Space in Glasgow.

To sign up or to get more information, contact Zoe Prosser, z.prosser@gsa.ac.uk

You can also find out more at the project website: Re-Mantle and Make

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