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workshop for the british council
chengdu, china
july 2019

in this workshop, we brought together a focus group of chinese craftspeople and makers in the city of chengdu (which was about to instill its own compulsory recycyling laws for the first time), asking them to explore their relationships to the circular economy through material participation.

we first examined how the materials that participants chose to use were associated with how they had incorporated concepts about circularity into their practice. we then asked them to take on a role within the system of production such as transport, design and manufacture, and imagine what a completely sustainable system might look like. these interactions fostered a collaborative, hands-on environment, and participants engaged thoughtfully in critical reflections about their own articulations of circular practices.