Materials and Experiments

The major opportunity of this class of  was the ability to focus and study and intervene with the existing systems Goodwill deals with and the potential for them to expand and shift their material flow, adding value to this material to that Goodwill has difficulty dealing with and selling on the global commodities market.

Another major goal of this class is the introspective study of my own current design  discipline ( I am a graphic designer) and attempt to correct some unsustainable aspect of my own professional practice.  Fortunately, branding and materiality provides the spaces for these two thoughts to exist together.

What I’ve conceptualized as a project is the creation of rag paper. Textile scraps unusable for other methods of recycling and reused can be pulped and beaten down into basic fibers and recomposed into high quality pulp. High quality paper is composed of higher percentages of cotton fibers in the pulp as opposed to normal printer paper composed of wood pulp. Higher quality papers are both more durable and used for higher quality purposes as well as sell at a high cost. Many high quality inkjet photo prints and analog print techniques use these papers. Conceivably unusable free donations sorted from Goodwill can be used to create a material for which they could brand themselves, or use it in a system in an attempt to reach itself into a higher quality more expensive market, along the lines of luxury brands. Other material experiments with the initial materials donated from Goodwill work around with pattern and form tests to see if potential patterns and forms could be used to brand the eco-sustainable efforts for Goodwill as a whole.

Potential partnerships can be born from this with national and local paper mills as free textile donations could possibly be beneficial to both suppliers.

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