Rebellious clothes that don’t raise the f*cking sea level, but can raise your level of consciousness.
Everyone who buys our shirts is basically a hero.. because we save the lives of shirts before they get shipped off, trashed, or destroyed, and let them live a long, healthy life.
We work with Goodwill to get TONS (yes, literally) of t-shirts that are practically new, and then we redesign them in true rogue fashion.
We believe waste is an amazing resource, and that too many clothes are thrown away each and every day (65lbs per person in America per year). So we channeled our rebellious side and came up with some edgy ways to talk about waste and second hand.
Every single shirt is unique in its own way because of our process. Our screen-printed slogans mingle with the previous art or text, reclaiming any design for your own.
Little Sh*rts don’t have a little impact…
2700 litres of water wasted
1.3 lb of pesticides/herbicides
>7lbs of CO2 emissions
*use per 1 new cotton tshirt”
Goods Cycle pop up shop in Goodwill Atrium LookbookAd Campaign PostcardsSelected Lookbook Photos
the next prototype features a more measured approach with the actual material. It is the final prototype before the final model.
I modeled a shoe last in solidworks and will be attempting to cnc a shoe last for the final model. It was according to the shoe midsole i’ve taken apart, but can honestly work to any midsole due to the pliability of the material.
Last week’s review helped our team narrow down what we expect our end product to be. The feedback we got helped us in terms of what we should be making, how it would work, and who we would sell it for. We’re expecting to have three final prototypes done by the final exhibition date. One will be an alternative upholstery option using recycled and low costing fabric. We will be using our snap system, casted in rubber to create an uplifted comfortable seat cushion. Our next prototype, we’re giving new life to old furniture using layers of fabric to enhance the colors, the texture, and the comfort of the chair. Our last prototype, we will use the structural quality fabric inherently has to create furniture by compressing hundreds of layers of fabric together between two (steel, maybe wood) frames. Our main goal is to take as much textile out of landfills as possible, which unfortunately results in this product being sold at high prices.
Note: To see the board in details, please click on the image, then zoom-in for a high quality.
Focus on reaching the stiff structure
We can improve this in 2 ways; by adding more filling and by strengthen the edges. We will use scrap fabrics, which is stiffer, as 80% of our filling and have the fiberfills fill in at the top surface only. The edges will get sewed to create thicker seams to hold the shape.
Consider the use of pattern
The pattern won’t be on every surface anymore, but only at the middle unit instead. So, we reduced the pattern surfaces from 8 to 2. This way, we can save both time and cost from labor.
Consider the way of assembly to make the production process more efficient.
For the connection, we’re going to use a complete piece of fabric at the top, instead of joining 4 units together to make a complete module. Then we will attach the pattern surface on top of the middle unit. So now, we won’t need the extra strap to connect them anymore and it’s still foldable.
Lynda Grose likes the simplicity of our project. We have to test more to see what other possibilities we can do. By doing a lot of testing we will know what obstacles we will face of doing the full scale.
Shalini Agrawal said that we can limit / specify the things we want to display, so we don’t have to count on every possibilities that they can use with the wall that we build. She suggested to make something short but functional (eg. bench / display pedestal) so we don’t have to face the obstacle of having the wall being too tall that it might fall down / tip over. She also said that the vinyl records might not work. We might have to consider to make it work or eliminate that for the design.
Amy Campos said we can consider of having the display counter with the hollow inside with support made by deconstructed furniture so it won’t be as heavy.
ACTIONS TO TAKE:
Test how to attached the stack of magazine blocks to the existing furniture frame. We need to research about the construction of furniture pieces (ask Aimee or Furniture people).
Manipulate the records for self supporting / make it stiffer by heating it up, drill and screw several records together.
Test the dowel
Make scaled model out of same material for the whole wall
March 21 – March 27 : Spring break
March 28: (3) hours – making scale model, manipulate records to be stiffer and try to put it in the blocks
March 30: (3) hours – drill the book blocks, and insert the dowel to see how it works, research about furniture construction / seek help of ways to attach books to the furniture frame
April 2: (3) hours – make the frame for the counter design
April 4: (4) hours – start production (making the blocks for the final design)
April 6: (3) hours – continue blocks production
April 9: (4) hours – records shelf production
April 11: (3) hours – continue records shelf projection
April 13: (3) hours – combining the book + records for the whole wall design as panels to be assembled in place
April 18: (4) hours – final work of combining the rest + packing for installation.
The current state of my project is probably behind the point that it should be at tis current state. Enough material tests have been run to confirm the small- scale concept. The idea and transformation process itself is basic. But this project has evolved into more of a systems design project than any materiality exploration or branding exercise. Currently the issues I am facing revolve more around basic story-telling behind the project and full scale prototyping. The next steps that need to be taken to advance the project are:
Create final boards which diagram the system that display initial collection to final output.
Finalize Design for printing or embossing onto final substrates for branding purposes.
Full final paper swatches which mirror the Goodwill brand guide/ Pantone Swatches.
See if I need a larger mould and deckle for pulling larger sheets.
Prototype 3 final size envelopes, (or two envelopes and a bag).
I’ve already run a rough cost benefit analysis on the project and it seems in some sense surprisingly feasible. There are always more hidden costs in the staring and up keep of everything. But currently, the large scale manufacturing of substrate internally for Goodwill is possible and in some sense and time in the future (were this to be implemented) it might actually pay for itself over a year or so.
Scheduling and execution for this final prototype is tight. Available making time falls of the weekends. Sunday (1-2 hours) and all Monday (12 am-12pm). Plus the current break (all days minus Saturday) Are the available current hours available for the project, give or take an odd hour. Rough schedule as follows.
3/23 Final Shredding and pulls of paper to make the Goodwill Pantones.
3/24 Research mould and deckle sizes for pulling large sheets/ final boards / diagrams
3/29 Draft final designs
4/2 Pull paper full scale padded envelopes.
4/3 Paper drying/ curing/ finalize envelope design print film stencil
4/10 Cut nets & printing, burn stencil to silkscreen
4/17 Clean up and odds & ends
4/18 Clean up & odds & ends