Material kin : a maker's guide

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Using readily available ingredients and processes and a practice-based approach, ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ seeks to answer the question: how can sustainable materials be developed in preparation for a range of possible futures? I started this project by researching a wide range of sources while experimenting by mixing different types of ingredients. These investigations in the studio led to unexpected discoveries forming relations and connections between the ingredients, processes and myself as a designer. Drawing on Donna Harawayโ€™s use of the term โ€˜kinshipโ€™, I have called the results โ€˜material kinโ€™, which are linked by relationships rather than genealogy or hierarchy. Tony Fryโ€™s theory of sustainment and a quality economy have also informed this project by offering a post-natural position on sustainability. An outworking of post-natural sustainability is that hybridity is encouraged through the substitution of various ingredients and processes. As I became more involved with the process of creating new materials for possible futures, my emphasis shifted from generating new materials and exploring their uses, to developing a process of making materials through kinship. The method of creating Material Kin is carefully articulated through the rubric of a game, whereas the specific Material Kin remain speculative, ambiguous and contingent of possible futures. In addition to articulating the process of creating the materials, I wanted to be able to share this knowledge easily with other DIY material makers both now and in the future, finding an aesthetic and design approach that were appropriate for DIY maker communities. ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ: ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ is the designed research artefact for this project.
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