ACADEMIC SOURCE: TRASHION: THE RETURN OF THE DISPOSED

Fig 1 . Haygarth Stuart, Tail Light 2007, Vehicle tail lights, Perspex, fluorescent tube, H60cmx W51cm x D51cm.   Tail light by Stuart Haygarth. Described in the article as an notable example of everyday object being successfully elevated to a designer object.

Fig 1. Haygarth Stuart, Tail Light 2007, Vehicle tail lights, Perspex, fluorescent tube, H60cmx W51cm x D51cm. 

Tail light by Stuart Haygarth. Described in the article as an notable example of everyday object being successfully elevated to a designer object.

Bahar Emgin argues that design acts as a tool of transformation to reintroduce industrial nutrient waste, back into social value.1 According to Emgin consumerism and material culture has impacted how we use and dispose of products and how it has led to a current moralistic attitude of recycling. The article analyzes ‘trashion’, not only pointing out the moralistic and economic outcomes but how the up-cycling elevates the products status. Exemplified in her quote “…In this manner, design opens the door for the trashy to flow toward the world of the valuable and valued.”2 The article is relevant to my research as it points out the moral and value adding application of waste to products.

1 Bahar Emgin, “Trashion: The Return of the Disposed,” Design Issues 28, no.1 (2011): 63-71.

2 Ibid., 69.