A Tasmanian design prize is asking local innovators to create durable products from industry waste.
The 2009 Bricolage ll DESIGN PRIZE was launched today by the Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts.
Bricolage organiser and Sustainability officer in the Tasmanian Environment Division Maree Bakker says the focus of the prize is on the industrial waste stream.
"Many industries are trying to reduce their water and energy use and reduce their waste, but a large amount of waste still goes to landfill," Maree says. "This competition is an opportunity to reuse some of that waste and encourage new market opportunities through design innovation."
"Reducing natural resource use and waste through reuse and recycling are critically important to an effective climate change response."
This year’s competition includes a Major Prize and a Bright Ideas prize. Tasmanians will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice prize
Maree says the high quality of entries to the inaugural Bricolage competition last year prompted many people to look at waste in a different way, as a valuable resource and potential raw material for another production process or design idea.
"Entries included an ottoman stuffed with wetsuit material scraps, paper made from cotton fibres and apple pulp and necklaces made from laminex samples," Maree says.
Last year's winner encourages anyone creative to apply for Bricolage. Susan McMahon used reconstituted sawdust and used flour bags to make her award winning dolls.
She decided to enter because she thought the concept behind the prize – making something of lasting value from discarded materials – was terrific.
"I am one of five children of parents who lived through the Great Depression and WW2. My parents were great re-users – a habit born of necessity," Susan says.
"They were wonderful role models and the desire to not be wasteful is innate in me. Bricolage fitted very closely with my personal philosophy of not being profligate and I decided to enter."
Since winning last year, Susan says her business has taken off in ways she could not have imagined.
"It has freed up time for me to be able to concentrate on writing a book about doll making, which has been a long-held dream of mine. I have also greatly increased my online presence and in June last year I won a daily award on an online art site."
"I would encourage all artists, designers or craftspeople to give serious consideration to entering the award in 2009 – there are so many things that can be recycled and re-made into something of value that the only real limit is imagination."
Entries for this year’s competition close on 22 May 2009.
More information about the Bricolage ll DESIGN PRIZE can be found at: www.environment.tas.gov.au