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From Roadside Detritus to Communities Painting Pet Portraits: Some Things I have Learnt About Repair

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This chapter discusses and reflects on two vastly different projects that are tied together with a common thread of repair. The first project perhaps sits more at the critical end of the design spectrum and continues an ongoing inquiry into repairing objects set in the context of hard rubbish. The other project has a primary focus on the repair of human relationships through initiating Communities of Practice that deploy arts-based methods combined with a universal, emotionally binding theme of human-animal companionship. These projects are fundamentally linked by a questioning of design’s role at a time when we are choking with stuff and waste, and further driven by an exploration of expanding an individual’s studio-based craft and design practice that goes beyond general disciplinary fixations. Reflecting on the ‘whys’ of practice aims to facilitate a discussion around how centralising concepts of repair (objects, systems, communities) within a creative practice is fundamental, and a transferable theme that anchors to the here-and-now. In doing so, it shifts from old and outdated models that are a by-product of last century to a redirection of thinking and outcomes that confront a world that is rapidly undergoing transformation.

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Publication title

Design/Repair: Place, Practice & Community

Editors

E Kalantidou, G Keulemans, A Mellick Lopes, N Rubenis, A Gill

Pagination

241-262

ISBN

978-3-031-46861-2

Department/School

Art

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Publication status

  • Published

Place of publication

Switzerland

Extent

11

Rights statement

© 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG

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