FUTURE ARCHIVE —
A Design System Proposition
Future Archive is the ongoing research based design project of RMIT Fashion (Design)(Honours) student Melanie Read that explores opportunities for material reuse through material digitisation and virtual sampling.
Using the Honours year to guide research and development, Future Archive proposes to develop into a digital sampling platform to view possible collection outcomes in the materials available, reducing the need for physical sampling. Through documentation of the how the archive items were received Future Archive aims to preserve their previous iteration before making the material available for reuse and to bring greater awareness to the condition in which textile based items are currently being discarded. Archiving collected items is untaken through flatlay images and written biographical explorations. Collaborating with a small team Future Archive is set to launch as an interactive platform housing the future archive, digital material library and participatory collection.