Daily Archives: February 28, 2024


FAST vs. SLOW

Picking up where we left off in last post..

It’s time to tip the scales back towards reverence of material and process and away from the mass manufacturing of today. Deceleration. A slowing down of design and culture is the way forward. Fewer things, made well. And it’s happening! Companies like Hermes are investing in amazing things like the creation of leather from mushrooms and have pledged to design a collection from this new age material.

Scientific American – This Mushroom Leather Is Being Made into Hermès Handbags

Made with reishi. Credit: MycoWorks

 

The philosophy of deceleration, more selective design and production plans, and attention to materials and design circularity may be easier to implement in the fine, luxury design sector. But there is good news across the broader, global artisan sector, bringing massive benefits through SDG related considerations such as rural economic development, cultural preservation, attention to diversity, inclusion, empowerment, and more.

The global handmade market was estimated at a whopping 678 billion in 2022, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% from through 2030. An enormous global network of artisans and makers are working successfully in slow design. Commitment to sustainable materials and practices will be crucial going forward.

Handicrafts Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends Report, 2030

 

Thinking about synthetics for a moment..

Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. The entire supply chain of polyester and other synthetic fibers are responsible for vast microplastic pollution and threats to environmental and human health. Fossil-based fibers also fuel systems of overproduction and consumption endangering and de-valuing workers. This leaves us with the critical question: How do we turn off the tap on plastic synthetic fibers?

Time to pivot back towards natural fibers, recycled and up-cycled materials, slow, circular design and processes! 

 

 


FLAX : the fiber of a healthy culture

The story of flax tells us of land and resources used well, of the strongest of fibers and millennia of woven textiles, of the creation of economic value and its historical  shifts, of hands and looms, and generations of people and culture. Once we were aware of the true value of all these factors, and each linen item made from the heritage plant fiber was like a precious gift. 

A natural fiber, the strongest in the world, flax and the linen woven from it are  central to circular design, and highly sustainable in terms of pest resistance, water consumption, and durability and care of final product. The use of natural fibers like flax is crucial when considering that fossil-based fibers fuel systems of overproduction and consumption endangering and de-valuing workers.

It’s time to tip the scales back towards reverence of material and process and away from the mass manufacturing of today. Deceleration. A slowing down of design and culture is the way forward. Fewer things, made well.