This was a particularly interesting product to look at because as I was thinking about the harsh processes of making materials I drew a rock with two wheels. It looked kind of like a car from the Flintstones. I was thinking about the metal ore from where the material had been sourced and whether people would find it so glamorous if they saw the item from raw materials. Thwaite's toaster looks is visually striking but not in the same way you'd want your car. Similarly to my Flintstone's analogy, the toaster looks prehistoric and also wildly unsafe and definitely something you wouldn't be making your breakfast in however, I love the message behind this piece.
We have filter's on websites that order the item's in cheapest to most expensive because we are obsessed with price and wanting to get everything as cheap as we possibly can. However, we do not always consider the impact of the products we by. Maybe if those filters addressed how many resources, how much energy and how much waste these products produced we may by a more sustainable alternative or not replace our current toaster that is perfectly good. I think maybe if we filter's on clothing websites showing how much a child in the far east was paid per hour we may not think that £5 skirt in the sale was a 'good buy'. Designs like these give people an opportunity to think and make their own conclusions rather than antagonising people with the you're-not-doing-good-enough method. Being militant on sensitive subjects such as these is critical.
“Under his toaster making project he is saying profound things, of a different order. The 'failures' he encounters, during his toaster making, point to the success of his real message; that we have become disconnected from how our world is supported and sustained."
Fairs, Marcus. "The Toaster Project By Thomas Thwaites | Dezeen". Dezeen. N.p., 2009. Web. 20 Oct. 2016.
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