Mass production and mass consumption are rapidly turning precious raw materials into waste. The limits of this linear system have clearly been exceeded. The need for a system in which resources can circulate is increasing.
Recycling seems to be the dominant strategy to transform waste into new materials and products. However, a lot of quality and energy is lost in that process.
At the same time, new initiatives are emerging that transform industrial waste streams into new products. These Post-Industrial Crafts favour reuse, repair and customization over recycling. Taking industrial offcuts and post-consumer products as a starting point often results in a unique and rough aesthetic that references the previous life of the materials and products.
The exhibition provides an overview of experiments, products and projects that are the result of Post-Industrial Crafts. These initiatives are small-scale but illustrate a more sustainable relationship with the products we use.
All works were created by students, teachers, alumni and researchers associated with the Product Design program of the Luca School Of Arts in Genk. The concept of Post-Industrial Crafts will be further researched and developed in this context.
Scenografie door / Scenography by: Han Decorte
Grafisch ontwerp / Graphic design: Ibert Pauwels
Plastic bottles that are the result of industrial production processes are transformed by Nathan Vrebos into unpredictable shapes that give new dimensions to the form, colour and texture of the plastic. The technique he developed for this was inspired by the craft of glass blowing. Through his experiments, he wants to literally breathe new life into the appreciation for seemingly cheap products and materials.
Intrinsically, a plastic garden chair offers many qualities. It is a chair that can withstand weather and wind, can be produced cost-efficiently, is stackable and moreover is 100% recyclable. Yet these qualities do not translate into appreciation for the object. Plastic garden chairs are left behind, dumped or broken down without a second thought. Jietse Vanlandschoot challenges us to revalue these iconic products by repairing broken legs and armrests.
The fashion industry is rapidly producing a lot of waste. Repairing and upcycling clothing can be a sustainable answer to this. To stimulate this, Lies Fauconnier developed an overall experience inspired by traditional tufting techniques and contemporary tattoo shops. A place where repair and personalization come together.
“Made from recycled materials” is a statement often used to promote different products. Recycling is a complex and rough process. To illustrate this, Cas Reynders built an seemingly simple product entirely from recycled materials.
Reparation of electronic devices mainly takes place in the margins. It is perceived as a dubious activity but its potential is vastly underestimated. It is a modern form of craft that can extend the life of electronic devices and reduce the e-waste fraction. Design researcher Teis De Greve illustrates this in his teardown videos that focus on the precise actions and techniques required to repair an electronic product.
The appearance of products is often the result of the choice of materials and production processes. In order to make a contrast with the plastic helmet that is made with an injection moulding process, Kato Herbots developed a helmet made of mycelium and finished with leather remnants.
Playing is a basic right and that is the starting point of Nomad Lab. Emma Ribbens' design research into how the resilience of children in refugee camps can be strengthened through play. To make this possible, she develops structures for play with materials that are available on site.
Shoes and in particular sneakers are rarely repaired. Custom Territory wants to change that by bringing shoemakers, designers and wearers together in local 'territories' where the circle between designing, making and wearing of shoes can be closed.
Collectief met/ Collective with: Berre Brans, Cedric Van Hool, Miguel Warmenbol, Ronald Clays, Mathias De Winter, Esther Hoedemakers, Ben Hagenaars
The New Weef collective enters into a dialogue with craftsmen to apply traditional weaving techniques such as basket weaving on to industrial residual flows. It produces an idiosyncratic contrast that gives a contemporary interpretation to material and technique.
Collectief met/ Collective with: Fine Demarest, Kaat Fabri, Juul Prinsen, Fenia Proost
Dit project werd gerealiseerd met breakout.steun van LUCA School of Arts. LUCA steunt studenten, onderzoekers, docenten en medewerkers die LUCA School of Arts via allerlei initiatieven zichtbaar willen maken in de buitenwereld en bundelt daarvoor middelen. Een centraal budget verleent op laagdrempelige wijze ondersteuning aan welomschreven initiatieven.