'climate change and fashion challenge’ Hackathon


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Makernow in winning team at ‘climate change and fashion’ hackathon

Justin Marshall and Olly Hatfield from the Makernow Lab took part in a ‘Climate Change and Fashion Hackathon’ organised by Michael Saunby from the MET office and Helen Storey from the London College of Fashion. This publically open ‘hack’ event was held during the Digital Design Weekend as part of the London Design Festival on the 21st and 22nd September at the V&A museum, and was a first for the lab.

Taking the prediction of a 4 degree rise in average temperature by the end of the 21st century as a starting point they identified images at the V&A that illustrated birds in particular geographical contexts and then researched what species would be more likely to inhabit that environment if the temperature was 4 degrees warmer. Their winning ‘prototype’ garment utilized an image of Roman ruins featuring a Golden Guinea Fowl and using stencils, mirrors, LEDs and an Arduino controller transformed this into a Peacock.  Judges were particularly taken with the idea of reimaging cultural artifacts as a mechanism for raising awareness and debate around climate change and they hope to build on this initial work through further meetings and events to be held later this year.

Justin and Olly working on winning design and demonstrating 3D printer and desktop milling to the inquisitive public.
A creative mash up of designers, technologists, climatologists and hackers attended the event at the V&A.
Justin and Olly presenting the Canary T-Shirt to the rest of the participants as well as the public.
The finished t-shirt was highly praised.