The best thing I can attribute to wood as a material for accessory making is its sustainability. Scrap woods are everywhere that we don’t need to cut down our precious trees to provide this material. Wooden products are also very durable given utmost care especially from termites.
Here are samples of the wonders you can make out of wood.
All the weirdest heels you can ever imagine are already out there in the market.
Wires are very flexible materials. Thick wires used in manufacturing industrial furniture like the chairs shown below will be used to form our Wire Heels.
Technique: Warping and Welding
The same technique in manufacturing industrial furniture will be used to produce the Wire Heels.
MY PRODUCT: Wire Heels
The morphed product I thought of combining all three attributes above is a platform shoe with Wire Heels and Platform.The thick wires will undergo a strain test to make sure that it is strong enough to support the weight of a human body.
There are already a few ways on how to get the most out of your eggs. A usual Pinoy breakfast has at least an egg in it (it works that way in our household coz my mom loves eggs). Eggshells are used as compost and even as sweetener for coffee. So the next time you cook your omelets, think before you throw.
Here’s my take on another unusual use of eggshelld.
Eggshells are made of Calcium carbonate. The same brittle substance that compose corals, sea shells and pearls.
Technique: Pounding and Binding
Before pounding, the eggshells must be cleanse to remove egg white and yolk traces that may cause bacterial buildup and stinking. Then, soak the eggshell pieces in a brine solution with lemon or calamansi for about 48 hours. Dry under direct heat from the sun. Pound using mortar and pestle.
Using ceramic resin, eggshell powder will be molded into beads of desired shape and design. Ceramic resin must be used because eggshells share almost similar component with ceramics.
Product: Ceramic Beads
My Idea: Eggshell Beads
Combining the three attributes, my idea is to create ceramic-like beads from powdered eggshells. The product will appear rough but the texture is smooth because of the resin.
It will more likely look like this (Surface texture and appearance only) :
Modern home ceramic resin decoration gold-plated silver abstract art doll smiley decoration
Morphological analysis (MA) is one great approach to generate new products that will catch a market. As designers, we are often bombarded by ideas that we cannot contain that we end up with nothing. This has become one of my dilemmas. The thing about MA is that you just list down all the techniques (to create a product), materials and products you can think of. Anything under the sun. Randomly choose one attribute from each category and try to morph them (that’s why it’s called morphological analysis haha) to come up with a new product. Then browse the internet to confirm if the product you come up with is already existing in the market. You’ll never know, it could be your biggest breakthrough.
So, here’s my first attempt to use MA.
Using the weaving technique is very interesting and suitable in creating recycled products since more often than not, the available materials are just scrap remains you found at your storage. The technique is open to a lot of variation to come up with new designs and texture.
Used tarpaulin are abundant in the Philippines especially after an election period. Philippines has a huge problem in disposing plastic wastes such as tarpaulins. A lot of livelihood programs already introduced these recyclable as material to create bag, umbrella and rain coat to name a few.
Satchel has insanely taken the Philippine consumers late last year until the early period of 2013. The brightly colored bags caught the attention of many youngsters and young at heart.
MY IDEA: Woven Tarp Satchel
This satchel is made from woven tarpaulin strips with long chain strap. It is a different approach/technique in creating bags from tarpaulin. The strap is a scrap lightweight chain. The contrasting surface of the tarpaulin (black and white) were cut into strips.
Now it’s your time to try and shine.