The Goethe-Institut Vietnam in cooperation with ifa (institute for international relations) and Heritage Space Hanoi are presenting the exhibition “Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded!” proposing current upcycling approaches for value creation.
Opening Times: 20 April - 26 May 2019 | 09.00 - 17.00
Dolphin Plaza, 6 Nguyễn Hoàng, Mỹ Đình 2, Nam Từ Liêm, Hanoi, Vietnam 100000
HANOI WORKSHOP EXHIBITS
HANOI WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS
Mien graduated from Surface Textiles at the London College of Fashion (LCF) in 2013. While studying and working in the UK and Vietnam, she has researched to create fabrics from fibers, thread thrown away during fashion production. Mien's products include clothing and fabrics, made entirely from fashion industry waste.
Minh dedicates her artistic work to the reuse of waste paper and plastic containers. The subject of her work often reflects another part of her life, the preservation of oceanic habitats. As a journalist and bioactivist, she actively participates in the rescue of threatened maritime creatures and the cleaning of beaches.
Huong DonNa is an experimental musician. In her work she is less concerned with the shape of the objects with which she plays music than with the sounds that can be elicited from things. Since 2016 she works as a lecturer in the Department of Musical Instruments at the National University of Art Education, Hanoi.
Vu Quang Hùng is actually an electronics and telecommunications specialist. Over the years, he has acquired his own constructive skills. But his real passion is to design and create playgrounds for children from recycled materials and to build them himself. Old palettes and car tires form for him a gladly used basis for his projects, which he implemented for a long time in the context of Think Playgrounds. He is currently looking for new solutions to create sustainable children's playgrounds.
Nguyen Hai Giang, also known as "Miss Pink", graduated in 2015 from the National Central University of Art Education in painting. From then until 2018 she ran a small cafe in Hanoi, whose interior was almost exclusively upcycled. She is very workshop experienced as she often gives workshops for children in the field of upcycling. Here she deals with the recycling of old textiles and plastics, as well as with the natural dyeing and recycling of textiles.
Currently Nhung Napo works as Product Manager and workshop tutor at Zó Project, a social business which preserves, supports and expands Vietnamese traditional paper and the technique to produce it in a sustainable and creative way. In 2012 she completed her studies at the University of Natural Sciences in the field of environmental sciences. Her heart beats for sustainability and a conscientious approach to our environment. She is very committed when it comes to the recovery, recycling or upcycling of materials. She develops products for both Napoland (her own business) and Zò Project, for which she uses a self-developed strategy and rules.
▪ Limititation of additional materials. The rate of reused raw materials should be as high as possible (50% - 100%)
▪ Limititation of the costs for fuel used for transport, collection of materials and the distribution of the final products.
▪ Priority to reuse originals before decorative reuse.
▪ Limitation of the materials used which have a harmful effect on the health of manufacturers or users.
Vun Art is a vocational training center for people with disabilities, established in 8/2018 with the idea of recycling and using textile remains as the main material for making fabric paintings and handicraft products.
Fashion is named as the world's 5th most polluted industries in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Fibers take hundreds of years to decompose, polluting groundwater and soil. At Van Phuc Silk Village, pieces of silk cloth are often burned by factories or discharged into the environment.
In order to solve this problem, with the support of artists, Vun Art has organized training courses for people with disabilities on reusing these textile remains. Textile remains are collected from garment factories and fashion companies. They are ironed and used to make "paintings" that can be applied onto cards, decorative stickers for furniture, books, bags or picture frames. The content of these "paintings" is extremely diversified and plentiful due to the use of textile pieces in different materials and colors. With this technique Vun Art creates unique products.
Mr. Cuong, the director of Vun Art has many years of experience working, supporting and creating jobs for people with disabilities. Vocational training to make paintings from rags not only brings environmental significance but also has great social significance, contributing to raising awareness of organizations and individuals in making use of recycled materials and helping people with disabilities. Disability has the opportunity to integrate with the community.
There are people born with a body that is not healthy, but they have an extraordinary energy, always longing to live, to be dedicated. There are fragments of cloth that seem to be no longer used, under the skillful hands and diligence, the creativity of the workers to create unique, colorful and artistic "paintings". Patching the rags, in addition to the dedication of those special people and the rich cultural values of Vietnamese people, Vun Art wishes to create a journey of humanity, not only to recover textiles but also revitalize unfortunate people, help them with job opportunities and to create useful, proactive and independent products.
The works of art from the crumbs of art have been shown at cultural events and activities and have already had a positive impact on the community. They raise awareness of environmental protection and help disadvantaged people. Vun Art organizes many events in which they share the technique of making paintings out of scraps of fabric. (Van Phuc Silk Village, Van Mieu, Goethe-Institut, Hoan Kiem Lake).
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