Vegan in Art School

Do you know how hard it is to avoid animal products while studying design? pretty bloody hard. Today we had a leather workshop, no alternative was sourced for me or my fellow veggie students.

I supplied some rubber and sourced the vegan fake leather used in shoes, unfortunately, it was too expensive for me to buy just for sample work. The company http://www.freerangers.co.uk/ were amazingly helpful, but at 32.50 for .5 of a metre I just couldnt justify it.

 

 

lack of blogging

With everything that has been going on lately blogging has not been a high priority, so this will be a catch-up/highlights of the past few weeks.

Pecha Kucha night.

Mr touchy was up first and to be far, as good as everyone else was, how can you top a man with a camera for a head?

The other speakers who stood out for me where the Dr who managed to make cancer funny, the one-bit computer guy (here for the NEON festival) and Donna who spoke about horror films.

It really was a great night, there was cake (not vegan though) and beer so not a bad shout for a rainy Tuesday in Dundee.

NEON

I went along to the workshop to build a one-bit computer while it was fun, it was way over my head. I got my little light to come on but no idea how I managed it.

Tomorrow was a montage @ the Cooper gallery

Very eerie big boxes with films and some amazing poster art. I wanted to go to the talk happening tonight (19thNov), but sick dog prevents that.

 

provocative design discussion.

what makes one person love something and another hate it? why do we always think our ideas are best?

We had a lecture last week from four different people with four different view points.

One based on a the design of ideas

One on the value of stuff

One on the value of craft and to be honest, I am not really sure what the fourth one was about.

It covered the city as a ‘living room’ and made me think of Neil Gaiman’s story of the city that sleeps and dreams and sometime people fall ¬†in to that dream. And while it is terrifying being in the dream of a city it would be worse if the city woke up.

We all live with the idea that our small life’s some how make a difference but on the scale of a city or a forest or a country we are like ants.

Design should be used for good positive change, I have a real problem with the way it seems the design and art world works. I don’t want to design for people who can afford to be ecological, I want to design sustainable, ecological and affordable ‘stuff’ for people who need it not want it.