Katherine Gillieson  Design & Writing

The Stationery Project

This is a practice-based design research initiative to repurpose the used, one-sided printer papers at the Emily Carr campus to create beautiful, useful, practical stationery items for the use of the entire community.

Many one-sided prints are produced on the new campus; the new Riso printer in the COMD lab was the inspiration as it produces an exceptionally high number of test prints (to achieve a good coverage of ink on any new master), and there are photocopiers and laser printers all around the new campus that people routinely use that inevitably produce unwanted or draft printouts. Proposed solution: use a systems design/material audit, bookbinding, printmaking and other knowledge and skills to develop stationery items that can be used by the entire community. This means that we are recouping and re-using this paper rather than sending it to get recycled.

The long-term the plan is to create an internal system that could routinely recoup the raw materials needed for our stationery. The sustainability of this concept requires some initial research and investigation into the paper use and waste, experimentation into possible formats and binding methods, and the development of a feasible production and distribution and/or sales process.

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