Greenpeace x Arts Thread announce winners of “Disrupt Black Friday — Make Change” creative competition

Today we are excited to announce the winners of the “Disrupt Black Friday” design competition launched by Greenpeace’s MAKE SMTHNG project and digital creative platform Arts Thread!

We received 87 entries from all over the world and were blown away by the variety of ideas and the level of skill so we wanted to say thank you to everyone that participated in this competition.

MAKE SMTHNG is all about believing that through creativity, community and an unbeatable maker spirit we can change the world and stop over-consumption. However, we can’t change the world on our own, we need to act together. We need activists, we need courageous trendsetters, we need makers, crafters, repairers, sewers and teachers — people like you. We also need incredible ideas that can break through the noise and demonstrate the power of making over buying.

Without further ado…the scores are in, our panel of judges between Greenpeace, ArtsThread, artist duo Guerra de la Paz and Sass Brown, Founding Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation have deliberated and the winners are…drumroll please….

Overall Winner: Ellen Mulcrone — Tensegrity

“The visual arts, a language without words, can hold messages within that are able to bypass the mind and access the makeup of the human on not only a deeper, more instant level but also in a more inclusive manner” — Ellen Mulcrone

UK-based visual artist Ellen Mulcrone, a University of Brighton 3D Design & Craft alumna, presented “Tensegrity”, a sculptural dome made from upcycled materials. The Tensegrity dome that features a wooden structure interwoven by old clothes and represents the maker spirit of collaborative art as well as reusing materials in a beautiful way and creative a calm space for reflection and reconnection. We will now work alongside Ellen to bring her Tensegrity to life as part of MAKE SMTHNG Week!

Shortlisted Entries

Seyi Adelekun — Bottle House

The process of making is an act of love, a form of expression and creativity…Seyi Adelekun

An architecture & stage design student from the University of Nottingham, Seyi Adelekun designed a “Bottle House”, a public space installation consisting of 6,000 recycled plastic bottles.

Billy Blue College of Design — Beyond The Deep

“Design and creativity are most efficient ways to change the world. The public already know the facts on important issues like recycling and the impact we have on our natural world. What we don’t do well is the communication strategies in place on these issues. When the story is told right — it sticks. Our storytellers are the ones who navigate us through this complicated and strange world, to make sense and find our own purpose.” Beyond the Deep team

This Australian team from the Digital Design course at Billy Blue College of Design Brisbane is made up of Richard Foster, Amed Hammadi, Claudia Osborn, Renato Frias Gonçalves — under the leadership of Liam Key and Matt Epple. The team designed the stunning “Beyond the Deep”, a LED-lit jellyfish made out of recycled and salvaged plastic bags to start conversations and find a new, visually inspiring way of stating the facts.

Heidi Petite — Rainbow Recycle

Making means self expression and freedom — it helps open up the viewers eye and question their impact on the world. — Heidi Petite

London College of Fashion alumna and artist Heidi Petite developed a rainbow-coloured Recycle Sign made entirely of second-hand or upcycled materials built together.

Marise de Maeyer, Lisa Molemans and Thomas Jonckers — Return To Sender

Return to Sender was designed by Marise de Maeyer, Lisa Molemans and Thomas Jonckers. The team designed a preformative action with large packages of shopping waste meant to be sent back to their origins to help demonstrate the impact of our waste on the planet.

Ke Gong — Your Waste, My Fashion

My passion has been to demonstrate that fashion does not need to mean hugely wasteful luxury brands and constant turnover of wardrobes to ensure adherence to the latest trend. I want to show people how to use second hand materials in new and exciting ways to create pieces that will stand out and show others not only that they care but also that they are trying to spread the message — and have a great deal of fun whilst doing it!

London-based Chinese fashion designer Ke Gong designed a fashion line made from reused and re-purposed plastic bottles also including a tutorial on how to DIY it.

Feeling inspired?

Got you thinking of another incredible idea or itching to host your own making party? Get involved in the movement, join MAKE SMTHNG Week 2018!!

It’s easy. Get together with a group of friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, fellow crafters and organise your own event!

Check out our guidelines here then register your event on our website here. #MAKESMTHNG.