Sunday, 27 March 2011

Co-Design Workshop 2/6: Collaborative Consumption

Thinking / Concepts

Making by hand & digitally

Yesterdays co-design workshop explored the concept of collaborative consumption through the theme: fashion personified. Instead of hitting the high street on a Saturday afternoon - could groups of friends come together to engage in alternative fashion experiences?

The theme: fashion personified provided a starting point for our thinking and generated some discussion about fashion personas. The aim of this was to collect and group images which reflected each participants colour and style preference to enable them to make a design personalised to their individuality or alternatively to a fictional persona. We used photographs and magazines to produce a collage.

Some of the collages were then photographed and digitally manipulated to produce patterns and prints whilst others preferred to draw and paint their samples. Each participant focused on a palette of bold and bright colours... we discussed how we all liked colourful clothing but sometimes opted towards styling monotone outfits of black and grey therefor a colourful scarf could be a nice remedy.

This workshop differed from the last as our concept wall was much more visual and we used less words to convey our thoughts and inspiration. I think the visuals really helped the participants tune into the mood and aesthetic of the overall look they were trying to achieve. 

I was most impressed by our first male participant - a 14 year old boy who was so advanced in his use of photoshop, he was teaching us new techniques! It made me think about how savvy future generations will be having grown up surrounded by digital media tools and applications. 

These posts have reflected on the overall process of each workshop by sampling new techniques to design a scarf. A lot of work has been made and a batch of scarves will be sent off to be digitally printed over the new few days. Therefore, in the coming weeks I will reveal the concepts and showcase the final outcomes.

A new series of workshops will be launched May-June 2011. These will be based in London but a series of digital workshops will also be run live online in real time! So,  if your interested in getting involved, have any comments or ideas... please get in touch. 


Friday, 18 March 2011

Co-Design Workshop 2/6: Collaborative Consumption

The Scarf Project: Think | Make | Style | Share
This interactive workshop offers an opportunity to engage in an alternative fashion experience by enabling participants to think and make for themselves. A co-design toolkit will be used to facilitate action and enable the generation of a bespoke printed scarf for each participant. The workshop will end with a style session and photo shoot.

Are you a designer? A fashion / textiles student or graduate? Or are you a consumer / fashion enthusiast? Come along and get involved in a new and exciting fashion experience which will enable you to produce a scarf unique to your own style and personality. 

This workshop is free and all materials will be provided. To participate send an email to :

Monday, 14 March 2011

The Scarf Project - Co-Design Workshop 1/6: Experimental Mark Making

Mark Making / Experimentation

Thinking / Concept Generation

The Scarf Project has launched with its first co-design workshop - Experimental Mark Making. 

This four hour workshop session explored lots of theory and thinking which surrounds the design process. To structure the action an interactive design game is being explored - allowing the participants to compete against one another to propose new design concepts.

The making component of this workshop was facilitated by Bridget Harvey who brought along a pick and mix of objects to draw with and from. She also challenged us to try alternative ways to make our marks such as: trying our pencils/ pens / paint brushes to string, drawing with our opposite hand and pulling at random from a lucky bag of found objects. We worked together and swapped work as we made it, this really changed the handle and quality of the work.

We closed the workshop by photographing our work and using photoshop to co-design a scarf. This rounded up the day nicely as we left having produced a finished and final outcome. We will each be expanding upon that outcome this week - as each of us will be producing our own scarf using the material we generated within the workshop.

These scarves will be sent off to be printed on Friday and a following session will be used to explore how to use the scarves.

The next co-design workshop will be on Saturday the 26th March... the theme will be revealed later this week. If your interested in participating just send me an email - OR leave your details below.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The Scarf Project Co-Design Workshop 1/6

This co-design workshop will be facilitated by Bridget Harvey.

The theme for this six part series of workshops is Global Fashion, Local Tradition.

We chose x6 words to inspire this theme... please bring along objects and/or materials which define these words and can be used for experimental mark making.

If you would like to come along - just send an email to -
OR join The Scarf Project on Facebook to follow updates and sign up to participate.

Spaces are limited so please RSVP.