Design Week RI Starts

Design Week RI is the annual celebration of Rhode Island designers and entrepreneurs. Most events are for participants, but organizers will be setting up a two-day Fabrication Fest at the Innovation District Park on Dyer Street that is open to the public from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Fabrication Fest is a two-day celebration combining exploration, creativity, and curiosity, all focused on design and fabrication.

Open to everyone from novices to experts, this event is part market, part demonstration and interactive walk-through.

I like scrolling through the calendar just to see what’s new around town, like the new digs for Union and Libby Slader Design, downtown on Westminster Street. But it’s not all about the cool interiors — good design is about problem solving, and the textile sustainability forum From Pollution to Solution will focus on one our thorniest environmental issues. (Please develop an eco-friendly spandex substitute, asap!)

Towards the end of the week they will hold a Hall of Fame Awards event at Farm Fresh. In addition to the three Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, organizers will spotlight two Emerging Designers: Aaron Horowitz, founder of Sproutel, and Rachel Rosencrantz, owner and master luthier at Atelier Rosenkrantz. (We first wrote about the atelier in 2014, and again when Ms. Rosenkrantz appeared with Anthony Bourdain.) She has been sourcing and developing sustainable materials, some quite extraordinary:

I proactively pursue material-alternative solutions that are aiming to be ecologic and ethical.

 It includes replacing plastic parts by fish leather, growing my own bio-materials such as kombucha scoby leather for banjo heads, or growing mushroom strands in hemp waste and other agricultural byproducts to create electric guitar bodies for example.

Scoby doo bee doo  🎶 🎶 🎶

Go here for the Design Week calendar of events. Follow on IG and Facebook.

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