We cannot ignore the role that excessive consumption has in relation to unsustainability. Addressing unsustainability as a behavioural issue rather than simply one of materials is a crucial part of sustainable design. When done using meaningful data, personalisation of products can create emotional connections between consumers and their things, reducing the desire to buy new things and preventing the premature disposal of objects. There is considerable research linking music from ones’ teenage years and movement of the body to identity and emotions. I have created a digital service that uses imagery of people dancing to music they love to generate textiles for clothing. By doing this I hope to create textiles that have a personal and emotional meaning to the consumers, extending their lifespan and reducing the desire to buy new things.
BDes(Hons) graduate project, Massey University, 2017
I developed this project to have viability as a digital service. For this reason I learnt how to code and created interfaces to generate the three design options seen in the video above: a vertical stripe, horizontal stripe and a layered motif. These interfaces had parameters set so that users could customise the designs to their tastes, offering both abstract and literal patterns. Aside from the swiss repeat, the patterns of all of my final textiles were generated through the coded interfaces. Although none of these interfaces are fully functional at this point, they indicate the potential this has as a service.