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Nakekela - Care: developing glass products with care in cooperation with Ngwenya Glass factory in Swaziland
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, The Department of Design, Crafts and Art (DKK), Ceramics & Glass.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Creating design and craft in present time it is time to care and work towards a sustainable world. Not only thinking of ourselves but the generations to come and the last of our nature. I find that designers and crafts people need to care as a whole concept around the products created.

Hearing and reading the daily news, of environmental problems worldwide, I think it is necessary that everyone take this seriously and start acting towards a better climate. I think us as designers and crafts people can make a change when choosing with whom we cooperate, so that every human being is treated right and the pollution created is taken care of.

Extending my field of glass design and craft I choose to cooperate with Ngwenya Glass factory in Swaziland, because it gives meaning in a wider perspective. Ngwenya Glass has already worked within the issues of Fair Trade and sustainability for a long time. As for the environmental issues, Ngwenya Glass stands for 100% recycled glass melted from bottles, which has been collected by local people. who get paid for the work - at the same time this helps to keep the local area dean.

Working directly with a company, will give me and understanding of the work required in a glass factory, which will make me prepared for similar work in the future. At the glass factory I will learn about the direct communication of explaining my ideas. which is required when working with blown gisqc The glass blowing process is not only the making of design, but also an understanding of human beings. because I need to explain my idea to the glass blower and the glass blower needs to understand my explanation to create the final result. This experience and knowledge is an advantage for the future of my carrier as a crafts person and designer.

Designing glass, for the sake of aesthetics' of the design is not so relevant, because the concept of recycling, fair trade and sustainability is the main issue at Ngwenya Glass. Instead developing a design which increase sales and creates work for the local people and support several serious projects, is much more relevant.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
glass design, Ngwenya Glass, fair trade, sustainability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-5071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:konstfack-5071DiVA: diva2:802032
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Ceramics & Glass (Master)
Uppsok
Fine Art
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