Product: Pencil Box, purse and dress.
Material: Leather off-cuts, copper, fabric.
Award: Shortlisted for the SustainRCA Award, 2016.
Exhibition: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 2014.
Project type: Solo. ‘KING HANDMADE SOFA Company’ commissioned the 2nd design collection. I collaborated with a Fashion Designer, Tsai-Chun Huang, on the 3rd design collection in 2016.
Portable Portable Essential is a project that consists of a series of one-piece fashion products such as a pencil box, purse and dress. They are produced merely by cutting once and then folding. It is pure and eco-friendly.
After visiting a traditional leather and shoes factory, I concludes that the whole manufacturing system could be redesigned to become more simple and sustainable.
COLLECTION 1 : PENCIL BOX
I have therefore simplified the whole manufacturing process into 3 procedures. In the first procedure there is one knife mould and in the second, the pieces are folded into the final shape. In the last procedure, metal accessories are attached to the redesigned leather pattern as a final touch. Folding without sewing, and using a knife mould to cut the leather piece, reduces the time required to cutting and sewing many pieces of leather. The patterns are close to each other, thus reducing waste.
COLLECTION 2 : PURSE
After launching the first collection, ‘KING HANDMADE SOFA Company’ commissioned 300 pieces of crossover brand multi-use purses using leather off-cuts from their factory. It's a fashion item that helps convey the sustainable value of both our brands.
COLLECTION 3 : DRESS
So far, some design projects which claim sustainable focus on using recycled fabric offcuts to make a new garments. This process indeed resolve the problem of fabric waste as a kind of sustainability. However, we wonder is the offcuts necessary? Can we challenge the idea of producing zero waste at an early production stage?
This project includes a discussion of how the redesign/simplification of the manufacturing process might involve changing the system and the whole design process mindset. Design does not just happen at the research, design and delivery stages, but can also happen at the manufacturing stage. I am also questioning and broadening the role of service design by rethinking the processes of manufacturing, in the context of social responsibility and environmental awareness.