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It’s in the Bag

Client:
Self-initiated studio project

Design Team:
Principal: Kristine Matthews
Project Leads: Kristine Matthews, Nicole Fischetti
Designer: Coreen Callister
Fabricator/Collaborator: Refugee Artisan Initiative

Photos:
Nicole Fischetti, Kristine Matthews

When the studio designed the Design With the 90% exhibition for the Gates Foundation Discovery Center, we specified sustainable materials wherever possible including kraft eco-board for most of the display structures. For a series of large hanging banners, we printed the black and white images onto Tyvek, a durable, non-tear construction material. When the exhibition came down, we retrieved the banners and reached out to the RAI (Refugee Artisan Initiative) for a craft collaboration. Seattle-based RAI partners with refugee and immigrant women for artisan skills training and small batch manufacturing. The banners were cut down into pieces and sewn into a series of large and small carrier bags.