Led by Zach Pino, Studio Professor in product design and material sciences at IIT Institute of Design, students will investigate the broadly unsustainable consequences of traditional artmaking and uncover how they can deliver their artistic expression with an environmentally-responsible ethic.
Borrowing lessons and examples from the disciplines of architecture and design, students will discuss the fundamental principles of environmental and social sustainability as applicable to studio art practices — so that durable art can be made that is safe to the health of both the artist and the planet. Tools for estimating total environmental impacts of artmaking will be introduced alongside techniques for sourcing and uncovering information on sustainable materials. Contemporary design theories — including upcycling, cradle-to-cradle, and material-driven approaches — will be translated into implementable artmaking methodologies.
After these discussions, a set of unexpected, carbon-neutral and carbon-offsetting materials will be available for artistic experimentation derived from mushroom, lichen, bamboo, mineral, coconut, and other sources.
This workshop is open to students of all levels, and all materials will be provided. A set of sustainable artmaking materials will be sent home with participating students.