Last month The People’s Print were invited to run the taster session for the Makerversity for The Prince’s Trust ‘Get started with product design’, for young unemployed people across the UK who are not in education, employment or training to support them and build their confidence and skills. I kicked off the week with Smorgasboard pattern play workshop, a creative system devised by myself & Kathryn Round for TED Textile Environmental Design as a model of participatory and sustainable design.
The system uses Ted Ten No 9 – Design to Dematerialise and Develop Systems and Services and Ted Ten No 5 – Design that explores cleaner and better technologies (digital printing uses less energy and less waste).
Along with a pattern play session the students learnt about new digital textile processes and how they are impacting fashion and textile design. The workshop originally developed for the TED (Textile Environmental Design Research Group), ‘encourages analogue play and participatory design’ where users can build their own unique patterns using a selection of rainbow laser cut shapes. Inspired by educationalist and philosopher Friedrich Froebel 1782-1852, founder of the Kindergarten whose pioneering education system taught Klee, Mondrian, Frank Lloyd Wright and Corbusier.
I don’t think the students really expected to be creating patterns by playing with perspex geometric shapes based on Kindergarten play!
After everyone created a geometric pattern with the mathematical perspex shapes we photographed them ready to put into a repeat in Photoshop and upload onto the Bags of Love amazing print to product service who generously sponsored the project by digitally printing 14 aprons!
And WOW those beautiful aprons came back two days later ready to greet the students the following week and yes they got it! Proudly wearing their own ‘print identity’ aprons throughout the workshops the following week at Makerversity.
And we were thrilled with the results! Every student had created their own print identity that is unique to them with the potential to apply to other products such as skate boards!
Find out more about The Prince’s Trust workshop at Makerversity here.