Waste fabrics, papers, plastics, old clothes were transformed into artwork for reuse. Lecturers and students of Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Izmir University of Economics (IUE), exhibited the costumes, clothes, notebooks, necklaces, pencil holders, lambs, dolls, and bags they designed out of waste materials obtained within the Faculty, at “Reclaim! Up Cycling Design Exhibition” titled event at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. The exhibition will stay open until March 30.
Jörn Fröhlich, Lecturer, IUE Department of Fashion and Textile Design, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, curated the exhibition that was opened with the attendance of IUE Rector Prof. Dr. Can Muğan. The exhibition included Fröhlich’s “Spring Cleaning” costume designs, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şölen Kipöz’s “Asteya” clothing designs, Asst. Prof. Dr. Dilek Himam Er’s “Diabetus Mellitus” textile surface designs, Argun Tanrıverdi’s “still alive” industrial object designs, and art designs by faculty members and students under the name of “Collective Act”.
Prof. Dr. Ender Yazgan Bulgun, Dean, IUE Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, stated that they started out collecting waste materials such as papers, plastics, fabrics from the project left overs throughout the semester. Bulgun said, “We wanted to turn these waste products into artwork. We’ve been working on this for a long time. We have a social responsibility project group called ‘Collective Act’. This group focuses on the recycling principle. They collect waste materials and transform them into new products”.
Prof. Dr. Bulgun reported that recycling industry was an important leg of sustainable production and development. “We’ve been working on recycling for a period. We started off with the principle of transforming used items into new products and make them valuable again. So, we came up with brand new designs. We plan to create environmental awareness with our faculty members and students. This project also initiates a beginning,” said Prof. Dr. Bulgun.