Creator's Diary 04: Research questions

Creator's Diary 04: Research questions

My Research questions for the thesis: 

What is upcycling design?

What design methods can be used for upcycling design?

 

The research consists of three case studies:

the case study of professional upcycling designers and craftsman. I plan to visit Molla Mills (crochet master), Willem Heffer (upcycling designer) and Isa-Kukkapuro Enbom (Upcycling designer). I will observe their making process, interview them and video record their making processes. The research questions would be: How do experienced upcycling designer/craftsman solve their design problem? What are their design standards? What are the critical incidents affect their decision making?

My own practice-led research through literature review, design diary, sketches, prototypes and video recording, to develop my own design methods for upcycling design. Research questions for this part would be: What design methods can be developed through practice-led self-study? What are the critical incidents affect my decision making?

I will host 3 workshops teaching people crafts-based upcycling. I will observe, interview and have a questionnaire asking their experience and feedback about the workshop. The research question would be: How to encourage amateurs to upcycle through crafts making? What are the critical incidents affect their decision making?

  

Tutorial 03: How to make a brooch from plastic bottles

Tutorial 03: How to make a brooch from plastic bottles

Tutorial 02: How to cut plastic bags into yarn

Tutorial 02: How to cut plastic bags into yarn