G A K K O
2015 & 2016
GAKKO is an educational collective of makers and thinkers. They question learning through design, technology and philosophy while defusing the categorised conventional learning disciplines. Through interacting, experimenting and playing with ideas, GAKKO initiates sparks of curiosities and provides environments that encourage their growth. Below, are some of the works I completed and took part in during my time as their design intern.
How do you produce material that is useful and appreciated by users while simultaneously being able to present it online? Furthermore, could I somehow tie in some common significance between Romania, Japan, and Indonesia, the locations of the schools? We screen-printed the logos onto textile, then, using the medium of indigo (a traditional dye method that is deeply rooted to all three locations), we immersed each piece with a varied pattern. The outcome was a vibrant set of t-shirts that were unique to each individual. These t-shirts broke away from the conventional idea of a uniform. Furthermore, they became memorable trinkets and photographed beautifully. I found that linking research with empathy produces an exceptional outcome and translates into truly functional and impactful pieces when received by users.