Happy Digital X “Healthy Planet” project results in this beautiful presentation called 'Net Worth' from Tapestries of the Seas and Port Planet.
During the G-20, the Indonesian Government hosted a number of forums and exhibitions focused on sustainability, global blended finance and the circular economy. One of the most interesting exhibits highlighted the results of the “Healthy Planet” project that had been incubated during the Happy Digital X course from TSEA with United in Diversity Foundation and Tsinghua University.
The “Healthy Planet” project focused on building a circular economy all the way from fishermen and villages gathering plastic waste fishnets and bottles from the sea, then recycling them into pellets and thus yarn, then woven by Indonesian and Malaysian artisans into beautiful tapestries and cloth, from which, a luxury fashion designer cut a dress.
"The entire cycle is captured in Digital Certificates, developed by Trust-Place, tracing the complete process and history"
The original project, conceived by Creative Cooperative, was also based on digital and AI technology as satellite imagery of the sea is used to identify the used plastic fishnets and then used to create unique patterns reflecting traditional patterns and heritage throughout the years, also culminating in the use of a digital loom to realize the artists patterns. A digital loom was used for the final weaving of the scarf and was programmed by the native artisan with their traditional and new patterns to produce the tapestry and cloth.
The entire cycle is captured in Digital Certificates, developed by Trust Place, tracing the entire process and most importantly, profiling the artisan and making certain that each piece is a certified original and cannot be copied. A first scarf was conceived, designed, and created by the Creative Cooperative who worked with the “Healthy Planet” group during their HDX project and presented it at the Cop 26 at the invitation of the Indonesian Government Ministry of the Seas.
The exhibit also shows an ulos created by the workshop of Dumasi, again using the recycled fishnets from the sea, and a dress and stole created by fashion designer Isaac Raine and young Malaysian fabric artist Marcos Kueh. Isaac has worked in the fashion industry for big houses over many years, and has first hand knowledge of the extreme wastefulness of the second biggest industry in the world. The dress combines the different inspirations of the exhibit through the work of Tapestries of the Sea and Port Planet in the 'Net worth' exhibit at Kura Kura Bali for the G20 THK Forum, and has been digitally certified by 'The Trust Place'. The focus of this G20 exhibit is value from waste - luxury textiles and heritage pieces from sea-salvaged plastics. These also highlight the possibilities of positive change in the clothing and textile industry, and act as an introduction to the vast range of alternative, sustainable material innovations possible, a tiny fraction of which are also shown here
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Creative Cooperative - Andrew Bullen and Janine Huizenga: The “Tapestries of the Sea” project was created by Creative Cooperative in Cannes in the south of France, with the idea of detecting and recovering discarded fishing nets from the Mediterranean. The salvaged material is reprocessed into nylon yarn, which is then designed and woven into high-quality fabric art. Both the salvaging and creative design processes are supported by AI technology. The project was adapted to the Indonesian context during participation in the Bali-based UID HDX-course, while the original aims and values of the concept were maintained: the innovative use of art, design and technology to raise awareness and call to action on marine environmental sustainability, and specifically to create and promote a circular economy, incorporating local recycling, the rejuvenation of local traditional weaving and craft skills, the promotion of local design and entrepreneurial development, including educational and technology transfer. The first ‘proof of concept’ of the project, in the form of a beautiful shawl designed by young Malaysian fabric artist Marcos Kueh, was presented at the Indonesian pavilion during the COP 26 conference in Glasgow in November 2021. New fabric, again designed by Marcos Kueh, has now been woven and delivered into the hands of dress-maker Isaac Raine, who has created a magnificent new dress to be worn by Cherie Nursalim at the G20 reception in Bali in November 2022.
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Isaac Raine: CEO & Co-Founder at Launchpad for Material Innovation
Interface connecting material science innovation and design, Fashion Designer, AI for Good.
Trust Place – Gaelle Delore and Didier Mattalia: “Today, eco-responsibility is becoming a central issue for society, and our behavior is changing. We no longer buy to keep, but to use, enjoy, show - in the city, social networks or the Metaverse - then to resell and reinvest in something else. This is how the second-hand market and the circular economy are developing very strongly. But paradoxically, this market remains hampered by problems linked to its current ecosystem. Indeed, when we want to buy articles of a certain value, we always ask ourselves about their authenticity and origin... This is why Trust-Place has created a platform that allows Artists and Brands to create and manage "Digital Certificates of Ownership" from the outset of the sale. This real "digital passport" or "life book" of the article can be transmitted in a dematerialized and forgery-proof way from application to application by resellers or directly from customers to customers on the second-hand market.”
Markus Kueh – Textile Artist: “I am a textile artist from the Island of Borneo, with a professional background in Graphic Design and Advertising. My love affair with textiles started two years ago in my Academy’s textile workshop, while trying to find a sense familiarity to grasp onto while studying in the Netherlands. The ancestors of my land encapsulated their dreams, myths and hopes in their textiles. Many of my textile works are explorations and speculations of the traditional meaning of the craft in the contemporary context. My practice has motivated me to work and learn about both the traditional weaving techniques back in Borneo and the ‘modern’ industrial weaving mills here in the Netherlands, where I am a student of the Royal Academy of the Arts in the Hague.” https://digitalweaving.no/marcos-kueh-explores-traditional-textiles/
HDX Healthy Planet Group and Dumasi M M Samosir Wongso: The “Healthy Planet” project was incubated during the Happy Digital X course from TSEA with United in Diversity Foundation and Tsinghua University. A remarkable synergy happened between creative artists on one hand, passionate circular economy advocates such as Janur Jasa from the Plastic Exchange, government ministry officials, businessmen and women and entrepreneurs. Dumasi Samosir Wongso of Dumasi Inspiration has continued the work in Indonesia through her cooperation with various textile manufacturers, weavers, and government officials and it is hoped that Indonesia will fully embrace this Circular Economy project which puts the innovation of their people in first rank as well as the digital transformation and environment.
Contacts: Dumasi Samosir Wongso, Dumasi Inspiration and Janur Yasa, Plastic Exchange
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