We love a good idiom and the newest exhibition in the APDL Design Lounge encapsulates one of our favourites: ‘waste not, want not’.
Repair and Repurpose: Using Waste as Standing Reserve exhibition contains a selection of projects from the first year course Design in an Interdisciplinary Studio Context in the design program at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, South Bank.
The course focused on the wicked problem of waste. Students worked to understand the presence of waste in the world broadly and its affects on the environment, as well as the role that design plays in the creation of waste.
Through their second assignment, students were given the opportunity to repair or repurpose an object sourced from a tip shop, op-shop or their own homes that was considered waste in its current form and give it a new life.
They drew upon design skills such as observation, research into a target audience or space, ideation and iteration using the tools available in the workshop to repair or repurpose their object.
There is a fun mid-century TV chair, a tarted-up bicycle, an imaginative repair of an office chair and a completely different take on a portemanteau made from discarded materials, plus more!
From a dumpster destiny to an APDL Design Lounge exhibition, the students have certainly worked hard on their objects to have them to exhibition-quality standard.
Visit the Design Lounge, Level 2, from Monday 27 June until Thursday 7 July to see the fabulous creations.
Co-Convenors: Dr Beck Davis and Bec Barnett
Tutors: Tom Allen, Bec Barnett and Mike Epworth