Designsonearth Eco Bag Art Workshop London Design Festival
I was invited by Designsonearth which is a start up company formed by 2 forward thinking women Naomi Conneely and Merryl Catlow to come along to the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank where Designsonearth are in residency as part of the London Design Week and Designer block. Designersblock which is taking spaces across Southbank Centre, featuring exhibitions, special events, workshops, activities, installations and projects from over 200 UK and international designers.
Designsonearth, are a team of strategists, planners and designers who want to get more people thinking about global issues from a design background. People have become more aware of the environmental issues which are slowly destroying the environment, such as the depletion of finite resources, the rapid urbanisation of our communities and the effects of global warming, which are all damaging, and have a negative impact on our way of living.
Designsonearth are bringing forward the latest design solutions for the environment that are shaping our future, the Designsonearth website which collates together a wealth of information that is forward thinking ideas and designs which directly tackle out environmental issues head on in a positive and low impact way.
I was Invited by Naomi Conneely and Merryl Catlow of Designsonearth to come along to the southbank centre to see thier eco tote bag work shop in action, there were also displayed copies of the Tote Bag Book which I had written. I was very honoured to be asked to be a part of their hands on and informative eco bag workshop, which was based on the ground floor of the Southbank Centre. I was happy to be a helping hand to those who were crafty enough to work on designing a eco friendly tote bags.
There were a throng of inquisitive people who we helped and encouraged to think about design and at the same time create a eco bag. It was a great way to discuss the underlying message of the environment by Designsonearth in a fun and creative environment. Many different types of eco friendly materials, such as inks to novel recyled bottles which were made into interesting flower buttons, to found material, all of which were combined togther to create individual and unique designs onto the tote bags.
The Tote bag book published by Laurence King Publishing was spotted and for sale at the work shop, I was very flattered by the team of Designsonearth who displayed the book, and made it a focus of their work shop. It was a great aid to help as a visual reference to those creating their pieces of designs on the tote bags.
I find myself getting a little carried away with a eco drawing of my own onto a tote bag, its was a great idea by Designsonearth to come up with a successful work shop as part of the Design week, and I am also pleased to have been asked to be part of the Designsonearth workshop. The workshop is running till the 22nd of September 2013 at the Royal Festival hall on the ground floor, go and be apart of the design and eco movement and make a positive change and have a little fun at the same time.