It was an incredible 27 week journey of tough challenges, new opportunities, new friendships but most importantly unforgettable experiences. The 23rd August marked the official launch of our second issue, the official Issue One of Ligature Journal. It was a great celebration of the incredible hard work and time that has been spent on producing a high quality publication.
We were excited by the amazing turn out we had and would like to thank everyone who took the time to come out and celebrate with us. A massive thank you to all those who have already bought the journal, we really do hope that you love it! For those of you who have yet to get your hands on a copy they are now available on the Tiliqua Press Web Store and selected stores across Australia.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank a few people. Firstly a massive thanks to all the students that worked on this issue. For all the blood, sweat and tears that were put into this journal, it is something you should all be incredibly proud of. To the contributors, thank you for your time and effort which has enabled this journal to be filled with insightful articles.
We have chosen to focus on the idea of ‘Peak Stuff’.
Although this is not a term we (and possibly you) were immediately familiar with, at the beginning of this year (2016) we came across it in an intriguing context. Steve Howard, the head of sustainability at IKEA, mentioned it at Guardian Live event in London — ‘If we look at a global basis, in the West we probably hit peak oil. I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff … peak home furnishings.’
It turns out ‘peak stuff’ is a theory generating quite a lot a thought.
Here is what we asked the contributors to this issue to ponder:
The call for a less materialistic life has informed philosophies and religions across millennia and across the world. As has the belief that possessions cannot make us happy. But for the first time it is being suggested that living a simpler life is now an achievable, and even inevitable, reality for our (read Western) societies.
Have we, the people of the developed countries, reached the point where we no longer need more throw cushions? Is reaching peak stuff going to save us from environmental disaster? Does it represent a fundamental shift in human behaviour and a huge challenge to theories of economic growth?
Important as these questions are, we would like to focus on one, specific aspect of peak stuff in this issue of ‘Ligature Journal’ — our response and responsibilities as designers.
Find out how they responded!
Issue One is a journal full of great ideas and insightful thoughts. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your very own copy now!
Greg Foyster, Anna Citelli & Raoul Bretzel (Capsula Mundi), Dane O’Shanassy (Patagonia), TJ Cowlishaw (AARLI), Sarah Koik (The Grandma Museum), Michael Johansson, Annabel Lahz, Felicia Semple (The Craft Sessions), Rachael Cassar, Jessica Priemus (Bhalo), and Warehouse TERRADA.
Grange Offset from KW Doggett
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