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DIY/Maker Culture in the Textiles Classroom

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Catherine Hay

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Transcript of DIY/Maker Culture in the Textiles Classroom

Bringing Maker/DIY Culture
into the Textiles Classroom Catherine Hay
2013
University of British Columbia WHY TEACH HOME EC? But how do
we justify
teaching
students
to sew? THE BIRTH OF CONSUMERISM The Dawn of the Industrial Revolution THE PROBLEM OF
OVER-CONSUMPTION Disposal ALTERNATIVES TO
A CONSUMERIST CULTURE making our own
buying second hand
recycling or redesigning
buying higher quality less often
buying from local designers THE ROLE OF TEXTILES STUDIES MAKER CULTURE “One of the most profound shifts of the Web Age is that there is a new default of sharing online. If you do something, video it. If you video something, post it. If you post something, promote it to your friends. Projects shared online become inspiration for others and opportunities for collaboration”
(p.13). “Making is different. It is special, meaningful and long lasting in a world full of disposable items. It stretches us to do things we never thought we could do, enables us to enjoy child-like pride over something we have created, connects us to people in our community and around the world”
(promo email). PRACTICAL
APPLICATIONS CONCLUSION:
WHY SHOULD WE
TEACH TEXTILES? Making stuff is more fun
and more sustainable
than buying stuff. Keeping Textiles Relevant
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