The Common Thread with Fengjiao Ge, Chris Riley, and Annie Keating
September 16, 2020, hosted the 2nd live conversation of The Common Thread virtual series, WASTE as a new HARVEST, with Landscape Architecture graduate Fengjiao Ge RISD MLA '20, New England Alpaca Fiber Pool Founder + Executive Director, Chris Riley, and Textile Artist + Former Fabscrap Community Coordinator, Annie Keating RISD BFA TX '17.
All three of the presenters showed how understanding waste can inspire local and international innovations; how the ways in which waste, reframed, can heal and support the land and communities.
Instead of letting waste add to the problems we see daily, we, especially brand companies as Annie noted, need to learn about waste in order to see how we can reuse and repurpose it. As Chris mentioned, waste needs to be part of a circular process. We need to immerse it back into our systems and take advantage of the old, the oversupplied, and the trashed fiber (for example) for compost, products, even soil remediation. Rather than seeing waste take up space and degrade the earth, we can instead, as Fengjiao previously shared, "make new land from waste."
We want to note that many great questions were asked during this session that we did not have time to answer live. You can now find the questions, with answers, here.