Designsonearth Eco Bag Workshop Designers Block
I was invited by Designsonearth who are a start up company formed by 2 women Naomi Conneely and Merryl Catlow to pop along to the Royal Festival Hall at 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, workshops, activities, special events, installations and projects from over 200 UK and international designers.
Designsonearth, are a team of strategists, designers and planners and who want to make more people thinking about global issues from a design background. Most people have become aware of the environmental problems 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, these are all having a damaging effect, and have a negative impact on our way of living.
Designsonearth are bringing forward the latest design idea 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 the environmental in a positive and low impact way.
I was Invited by Naomi Conneely and Merryl Catlow of Designsonearth to come along to the Royal Festival Hall to see their eco tote bag work shop. There were also displaying 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 on the ground floor of the Royal Festival Hall. I was happy to be a helping hand to those who were creative 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 Bring thoughts of 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 recycled bottles which were made into interesting flower buttons, to found material, all of which were combined together 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 flattered by the team of Designsonearth who displayed the book, and made it a focus of their work shop. It was a great aid 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 onto a tote bag, it was a grand 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.