Studying Material Interactions to Facilitate a Sense of Being with the World

Bilge Aktas, Camilla Groth

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Material interactions are fundamental to design and craft education; however, they might also provide opportunities to reflect on sustainable behaviour in general. In this paper, we present an interdisciplinary undergraduate course in which students interacted with clay and wool. By engaging novices in material-based craft processes, we examined renewed ways of experiencing the materials to reconsider our everyday material interactions and our dependency and responsibilities in regard to materials in general. Through this example, we discuss the potential of craft practice as an educational platform to discuss materiality and to facilitate a deeper and more holistic understanding of the consequences of our material behaviour beyond the creative practices. The students’ reflections over the five weeks touched upon their renewed appreciation of materials, and their changed interactions with materials – moving towards a dialogical stance rather than only using them as a means to an end.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS2020
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912294-40-4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventDesign Research Society International Conference - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 202014 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of DRS
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDesign Research Society International Conference
Abbreviated titleDRS
CityVirtual, Online
OtherVirtual Conference
Internet address


  • design education
  • material exploration
  • interdisciplinary
  • novice makers


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