Mandana MacPherson
 
RUBBER RE CRAFT PROJECT 
It would take far too long for my own company’s manufacturing needs to make a dent in the tremendous amounts of waste rubber that pass through our transportation systems.  Education and communication have always been essential in promoting our products and ideas and I soon discovered that the concept itself -- re-crafting waste rubber from the transportation industry into stylish products for the fashion industry -- provided an excellent vehicle for conveying ideas related to design, sustainability, recycling, reclaim and reuse.

In order to promote regenerative efforts and after seeing a few dozen designers inspired by my work, I decided in 2004 to take this rubber recycling concept right back to the streets by teaching options and methods for reusing alternative materials.  I have conducted workshops, classes and projects at universities, art schools, and conferences as well as with kids at the elementary school level.  Issues of design, sourcing, contracting, fabrication, marketing, management, and communication all provide opportunities for sustainable thinking.  I am pleased to be able to pass along the benefit of many years of experience in this area and with this specific material.

The primary goal for these workshops is to change people’s perceptions about what defines a raw material and encourage individuals of all ages to explore new concepts for materials, material life spans, and positive cycles of reuse.






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LENGTH OF WORKSHOPS

from 2 HOURS to 2 WEEK INTENSIVES or Full SEMESTER


Primary material

Reclaimed, post consumer bicycle and motorcycle inner tube rubber.


For more info

Contact: info@usedrubberusa.com

Some IMAGES and work examples FRom A FEW of the longer workshops/classes

In -class three week workshops in Sustainable Fashion Design class Fall and Spring semesters plus a semester long Interdisciplinary Class, Material Reuse in Art & Design.
San Francisco, 2004-2006

2 week intensive mixed media workshop exploring rubber as a post modern raw material at Haystack.

Deer Isle, Maine August 2011