Studying Material Interactions to Facilitate a Sense of Being with the World

dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorAktas, Bilgeen_US
dc.contributor.authorGroth, Camillaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Designen
dc.contributor.organizationUniversity of South-Eastern Norwayen_US
dc.description.abstractMaterial interactions are fundamental to design and craft education; however, they might also provide opportunities to reflect on sustainable behaviour in general. In this paper, we present an interdisciplinary undergraduate course in which students interacted with clay and wool. By engaging novices in material-based craft processes, we examined renewed ways of experiencing the materials to reconsider our everyday material interactions and our dependency and responsibilities in regard to materials in general. Through this example, we discuss the potential of craft practice as an educational platform to discuss materiality and to facilitate a deeper and more holistic understanding of the consequences of our material behaviour beyond the creative practices. The students’ reflections over the five weeks touched upon their renewed appreciation of materials, and their changed interactions with materials – moving towards a dialogical stance rather than only using them as a means to an end.en
dc.description.versionPeer revieweden
dc.identifier.citationAktas, B & Groth, C 2020, Studying Material Interactions to Facilitate a Sense of Being with the World . in Proceedings of DRS2020 . vol. 4, Proceedings of DRS, Design Research Society, London, pp. 1659-1676, Design Research Society International Conference, Virtual, Online, Queensland, Australia, 11/08/2020 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 11d89ed2-b281-41f6-8722-c810beb6219den_US
dc.identifier.otherPURE ITEMURL:
dc.identifier.otherPURE LINK:
dc.identifier.otherPURE FILEURL:
dc.relation.ispartofDesign Research Society International Conferenceen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesProceedings of DRS2020en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 4en
dc.subject.keyworddesign educationen_US
dc.subject.keywordmaterial explorationen_US
dc.subject.keywordnovice makersen_US
dc.titleStudying Material Interactions to Facilitate a Sense of Being with the Worlden
dc.typeConference article in proceedingsfi