Since graduating with Precious Waste in December 2009, I've received a lot of great responses to the project. The plastic bag textile has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions around the world and it's been nominated for several awards (even won a really nice one). I've had inquiries from many people about what the next step would be. What kind of products was I going to make with it or when would the material be on the market? Had I talked to any large producers yet? And had I thought about going to a less developed country for production?
All of these things had crossed my mind, but there was a big gap between a recently graduated designer with a nice idea but without resources and the vision of an amazing product that would attack the issue of plastic bags in the real world. I decided that I would not abandon Precious Waste, but that my first priority would be to sustain myself. So over the past few years I've tried to develop myself as a designer and taken on many nice projects (the results of some you can find on this site), while responding to every inquiry and invitation that had to do with Precious Waste. I've given talks, demonstrations and interviews, shown in exhibitions and even appeared in a children's programme. All of the people I've met and talked to because of this, reinforced the idea that this project really has potential.
Of course, when you meet so many people to talk about your idea's, you're bound to meet someone who understands exactly what you mean and wants to collaborate. And for over a year I've been in touch with a group of people who share my vision of design, craft and sustainability. We've been plotting and planning over Skype between the Netherlands, the UK and Mexico and I am super exited to announce: the time has finally come tot take the next step. Within a week I'll be on my way to Mexico City and from there we'll visit with different weaving communities to see how their craft and my technique can connect. On this blog I will share stories of my experiences in this collaboration, so be sure to check back soon!