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.
First round of experimentation with resin casted textile. We were interested in the aesthetic quality of the layered fabric as we shaped the puck on the lathe, and sanded the top layers away. We are concerned with the amount of resin we would have to use to make a full scale prototype, and are looking for alternative ways to make furniture with old graphic Ts.
It’s Goodwill’s Mission to help people out of poverty. That doesn’t necessarily have to be your mission. What you have to figure out is; What is your mission?
My mission to creating the solar oven would be to use items donated to goodwill without the use of much labour, (besides the sorting and packaging), so that people who do not have everyday privileges can basically have a home inside of an unwanted suitcase. I wanted to provide someone with the means to cook their own food, I wanted to give someone independence with just that.
How much would this cost? Who is your core customer? What is Goodwill’s part in this? Are they just the manufacturers?
The solar oven can be produced for different customers. A solar oven that can be packaged with “as is” items from goodwill, and a simple reflective inner lining, can be sold to customers who have low incomes, or war refugees. Solar ovens that are sold at a higher value target the camping market. These oven would have to be able to work better, and have a consistent set of items.
How will you be able to utilize the space for multiple uses, than just an oven?
If the reflective inner lining could be folded down, or used as a dividing system for the items your place inside the bag, then the space can be utilized for other items.
In my exploration studies, I am targeting items donated to Goodwill that have potential to become “a new product.” My goals are to create something that can be marketable, but new and refreshing for consumers. I’m using these select materials because they have low resale value, and it seemed Goodwill had an excess that they don’t know what to do with.