Whats Going On : @University – 8 week Project

So I am in the first week of an 8 week project, on the course we have moved away from generic idea > random sampling and now have been split into groups of  our choice :Artist/Maker/ Designer so I now have the title of “Craft Maker” which entails me trying to come up with an idea or product that I want to make and how to go about making it, so looking at design and aesthetics of the rug, market research, sustainability and like loads other stuff! So on monday I still didn’t have an idea for this rug, so I spent all day doodling and researching rugs, trying to come up with an innovative idea.

This is what I’ve got:
I got really interested by the 1960’s and how everyone suddenly had extra money to spend frivolously and bought “Throw-away” items, as in cheaper, expendable items. So flat pack furniture, those blow up couches, and even cardboard chairs! It was also the era that paper plates and cups were invented!!
As a crafter I obviously want to make items that people would cherish, so instead of making a rug that someone may throw away cause the rug no longer fits their furniture, or they feel like a change, I want to make a rug that can do just that.. change.
A rug that at first glance looks just like a rug, but can be disassembled and reassembled at your wish.
This rug is obviously still relevant today, however even though we don’t change our furniture as often as we change our socks but over years our lives and requirements in furniture do change. If you can imagine this rug being purchased by say and young working couple, they can use it quite simply (as a square or rectangle) in their first flat/ apartment they get to fit in with their cheap ikea ‘starting out’ furniture, then maybe a few years later they move into a  house and need the rug to fit around one of those weird shapes couches.rug(Sorry for the awful drawing, just trying to help you visualise)
They can rearrange the rug to suit that. Then perhaps they want to then use the rug as a runner in the hallway, or make two smaller rugs for separate rooms.
Rug 2(Once again sorry, took me like 2 minutes to throw together) Clearly not to scale drawing , but again im hoping this will help you understand the idea/concept. They can do just that, change the rug a thousand times if they want! On the other end of the scale if somebody only changed this rug twice in their lives at least they have the option on doing just that.
So the rug is multi-purpose, but still looks as pleasing as a rug can.
For this project I’m going to try to find a way of subtly making a way to join these pieces together successfully and be rearranged at wish.

I’m hoping this is a good idea, its something I haven’t seen before and I am looking forward to giving it a go! What do you think? Is this something that is useful or do you think people would prefer just to buy a new rug?? Would love your thoughts and opinions?!


4 thoughts on “Whats Going On : @University – 8 week Project

  1. That’s a really neat idea! As one of those “starting out” couples, we thought about getting a rug but nixed it because of 1) expense and 2) reusability. I don’t know how much it would help with the former but it would certainly help with the latter!

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