Our own editor and author behind the Circular by Design column (as well as author and podcaster), Katie TreggidenShe recently announced her new company – Waste: a master class. The 12-week program is designed to inspire, train and empower designers to create circular products from waste.
Treggiden became a craft and design journalist in 2010 and focused on creativity as an agent for social change. She has also written five books, built an award-winning blog and independent magazine, and has been a regular contributor to publications. But during her final Masters degree in Design History from the University of Oxford, she asked an informal question to guide her research: Can craft save the world?
It breaks my heart to see that designers – who used to be really proud of their work – feel guilty about putting more “stuff” into the world and taking responsibility for sustainability like a heavy burden. I want them to be playful, curious and willing to experiment with the circular economy and regain their pride in manufacturing. That is the goal of this course and, judging by the beta run, it seems to be getting there.
– Katie Treggiden
Waste: A Masterclass is slated to begin on September 13, 2021 to help designers regain their pride in what they do and see the process of sustainability as a creative opportunity. In five modules, Treggiden will provide insights into working with household, industrial, food, fashion and plastic waste. Each module is delivered over a two-week period and includes pre-recorded interviews with designers, recommendations for reading / viewing / listening, challenges, and hands-on workshops. The students also have the opportunity to select Treggiden’s brain “Live” every two weeks and share their findings with one another. Together with a private Facebook group, the 25-35 students taking part can expect a real sense of community.
I am just near the end of a beta of the master class and I was absolutely blown away by what the first cohort has already achieved. From collaborations with waste producers to designed and manufactured prototypes, they have exceeded my expectations every step of the way. I can’t wait to see what comes out of the new and improved version of the course.
– Katie Treggiden
Interested? You have until Monday, July 19, 11:59 p.m. UK Daylight Saving Time (GMT +1) to enroll for the course, which begins September 13, 2021 and requires approximately two hours per week over the 12 weeks Period.