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How To Turn Waste Into Products & Furniture (Masterclass Bundle)

A 12-Module Self-Paced Programme Including Interviews, Challenges and Making Workshops

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The Making Design Circular approach is unique because it combines head, heart and hand skills and most courses include an element of each.
  • Head means you predominantly use your brain to think things though
  • Hand means you’ll have the opportunity to learn new making techniques
  • Heart means it’s informed by coaching techniques and there’s likely to be some soul searching required

When

Immediate start

Where

Online

Level

Acorn (Beginner)

Time

12 x 120 minute sessions

Money GBP

£850 one-off payment
or 5 payments of £170
£1020 inc VAT if payable

Money USD/EUR

$1,077 approx
994 € approx

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When

Immediate start

Where

Online

Level

Acorn (Beginner)

Time

12 x 120 minute sessions

Money

£850 one-off payment
or 5 payments of £170
approx $1,077
approx 994 €
£1020 inc VAT if payable

Giving Back

10% of your subscription will be donated towards environmental causes and bursary places.

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How To Turn Waste Into Products & Furniture (Masterclass Bundle)

Reduce your environmental impact as a designer-maker and reconnect with the curiosity, experimentation and creativity that drew you to making in the first place, by exploring waste as an innovative new raw material.

Does this sound like you?

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You used to feel proud and excited about being a designer-maker, but have started to feel a creeping sense of guilt about putting more 'stuff' out into the world.
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Maybe the idea of sustainability has started to feel heavy and you wish you could you engage with it in a way that feels more light, playful and creative, without dodging the issue.
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You would rather give new life to things that already exist than create demand for virgin materials, but you're not sure where to start.
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You might be excited about the possibilities of experimenting with new materials and what that might mean for your practice
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You'd like to see other people exploring similar ideas so you feel less like you're swimming against the tide
You can redefine waste as an exciting new raw material
Sarah Christensen
Sarah Christensen
Product & furniture designer
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“I’d often felt a disconnect between my work as a furniture designer-maker and my personal values; so I decided to bring them closer together. Being part of Making Design Circular has given me the knowledge to get started and a community to share my ideas with. I now have a job that I love and care about and I am excited about my future as a maker again.”

Katie Treggiden in the press...

Introducing: How To Turn Waste Into Products & Furniture (Masterclass Bundle)

A 12-module self-paced programme that will help you to:

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Regain your sense of pride in what you do
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Turn the heavy sense of responsibility that comes with being eco-conscious into excitement about the opportunities
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Recapture the wide-eyed curiosity and creativity you started your career or studies with
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Feel empowered to embrace the creative potential of waste as a raw material
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Turn inspiration and good intentions into action, accountability and success
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Cut through the greenwashing and confusion with clear, actionable steps
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Get access to the people who are already doing this and their hard-won insights and advice
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Experience the joy and clarity of knowing exactly why this matters to you, which second-life materials make your heart sing and how to make them work for your business
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Fill your Instagram feed with posts of gorgeous products made with waste in a way that is genuinely circular
Laura Wasley
Laura Wasley
CEO, Make South West (Formerly Devon Guild of Craftsmen)
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“Katie is fantastic to work with and always happy to share her immense knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the design world.”

Hey, I'm Katie Treggiden

I once told a business mentor that my mission was to “inspire, educate and empower designer-makers to join the circular economy.”

He told me he didn’t think I was doing that. “What?!” I said. “I’ve written books, I’ve got a podcast, I give talks on the world’s stages, I write for everybody from the Guardian to Crafts Magazine – what more can I do?!” I responded, slightly affronted.

“Oh, you’re inspiring them, for sure,” he said. “But what about the educate and empower part? What about the ‘how’?”

He was right of course and in that moment Making Design Circular was born.

I have since interviewed hundreds of designers, makers, artists and craftspeople about their sustainability journeys and beta-tested everything in the membership, short courses and 1:1 nature-informed coaching offer with brave souls who saw me embark on my own “progress over perfection” journey.

I have seen first-hand the transformation this work has had for those who have joined so far – and I want that for you too.

What’s included

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Interviews with designer-makers already working with waste. You will get access to a short film with an introduction to the topic from me before I introduce you to the designers, makers and experts already making this work. We’ll explore their hard-won insights and advice for someone in your position.
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Challenges​. You will be set real-world challenges to get you started on your journey to working with waste and help you to find waste sources local to you.
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Workshops​. You will also have access to a series of pre-recorded hands-on making workshop with a designer already working with waste to give you a taste of how it might all come together. You will learn their techniques and make something using waste, giving you the chance to combine all this thinking with some good old fashioned hand knowledge.
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Community support is built in. Alongside all the content, you will also get access to a private online community on a platform called Circle. This is where all the course materials are hosted is also the place to share your progress and ask any questions. You will be learning alongside a group of likeminded designers and makers, so this is an opportunity to learn from each other, support each other and hold each other accountable.
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Module 1 – Introduction: We will start with a powerful introduction to the concept of working with Waste. You will be given exclusive access to the keynote speech Waste: A Category Not a Fact that I gave for San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design followed by an insightful Q&A with renowned craft writer and critic, Glenn Adamson. You will also join the Circle Group where you can start to get to know other makers working through the course. And I will share a Read/Watch/Listen list of supporting resources. OUTCOME: You will feel inspired by the possibilities of working with waste, connected to a new community of likeminded designers and makers, and prepared for the task ahead. You will have cleared the decks as much as you can, sharpened your pencils and possibly even invested in a new pencil case.
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Module 2 – Domestic Waste (Part 1): You will hear from designers and makers including Yinka Ilori and Sanne Visser who are already working with domestic waste from discarded furniture to human hair about what their biggest challenges were, how they overcame them and the advice they have for you. You will receive a list of reading, watching and listening recommendations to dive into to give you some context for this waste stream. OUTCOME: You will have heard from makers further ahead on their journeys and understood some of the changes you might have to make to your design process to accommodate working with waste. You will have gained an insight into the context they are working within and some of the structures and systems you will need to navigate should you choose to join them.
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Module 3 – Domestic Waste (Part 2): You will undertake your first challenge and get a sense of the waste your own creative practice is already generating and start to spot the potential for reusing these exciting new material streams. You will share the results of your first activity in Circle, share learnings and insights and asking any questions. OUTCOME: You will have shared your experience of the first challenge with your cohort, exchanged ideas, asked questions and gained new perspectives. You will have a clear picture of your own waste streams and may have even identified some you’d like to work with. You will be starting to make links, connect the dots and form new relationships with likeminded designers and makers.
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Module 4 — Industrial Waste (Part 1): You will hear from designers and makers such as Granby Studio and Studio Woojai who are already working with industrial waste. They’ll share behind-the-scenes insights into how they accessed industrial waste streams and how their design processes had to change to accommodate their new material choices. You will receive a list of reading, watching and listening recommendations to dive into to give you some context for this waste stream. OUTCOME: From the insights shared by Granby Studio and Studio Woojai, and your own further reading, you will have started to understand the place of your own practice and potential impact within the wider systems and processes at play in waste production and management as well as gleaning some tips and tricks from the pros.
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Module 5 — Industrial Waste (Part 2): You will undertake your second challenge and start to connect with local businesses who you might be able to collaborate with to make use of their waste streams You will share the results of your challenge in Circle and share any resistance you’re feeling or aha moments, and ask any questions. OUTCOME: You will have brought your questions and challenges to Circle helping you to feel like part of an army of waste warriors working together to overturn the linear take-make-waste model, and work towards something more circular. You will have started to discover ways in which you can gain access to industrial waste streams through proactivity and collaboration.
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Module 6 — Fashion Waste (Part 1): You will hear from designers and makers, such as Simone Post and Virginie De Man, who are already working with fashion waste – we’ll explore the creative opportunities working with waste opened up for them and they’ll tell you what they wished they’d known when they were starting out. I will share a tonne of extra resources to read, watch and listen to so you can really immerse yourself in this subject. OUTCOME: By week 6, you will have started to get a sense of which waste streams might appeal to you either from an ethical or creative perspective, you will have learnt lessons directly from the designers ahead of you in their journey and you will be fully immersed in the resources I have shared, rounding out your learning.
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Module 7 — Fashion Waste (Part 2): You will take part in your first workshop. Isabel Fletcher will lead a a pre-recorded ‘introduction to textiles offcuts’ workshop so you can start to apply some of the concepts you’re learning into tangible handmade examples. OUTCOME: You will have made a small piece of artwork, the beginnings of a patchwork quilt and perhaps even a button from fashion waste, giving you the chance to try on some of the theory we’ve learnt so far for size. Whether or not you plan to incorporate textiles into your practice, you will have gained transferable knowledge and enjoyed making with waste.
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Module 8 — Food Waste (Part 1): You will hear from designers and makers, such as Basse Stittgen and Lay Koon Tan, who are working with food waste such as egg shells and feathers about what their biggest challenges were, how they overcame them and what advice they have for you. I will share extra resources for you to read, watch and listen to so you can really immerse yourself in this subject and start to understand the context makers such as Basse and Lay Koon are working within. OUTCOME: Ideas about how to apply what you’ve learned so far to your own practice will be flying around your brain and your notebook. Exploring another waste stream will either spark new ideas and routes to explore or solidify a decision you are already coming to.
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Module 9 — Food Waste (Part 2): You will dive into the second hands-on workshop with Badger and Birch (this is what the kit in your welcome pack is for) and learn how to incorporate food waste into gorgeous home accessories – you’ll make a coaster to keep as a daily reminder of what’s possible. You will also have access to a bonus pre-recorded Q&A session with Lay Koon Tan exploring the rights and wrongs of eco-resin. OUTCOME: A second workshop will have given you another chance to capture the head knowledge from the previous week into embodied hand knowledge and provided more ideas for your own creative practice.
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Module 10 — Plastic Waste (Part 1): You will hear from designers and makers, such as Ella Doran and The New Raw, who are already working with plastic waste about what their biggest challenges were, how they overcame them and what advice they have for you. I will share extra resources to read, watch and listen to so you can really immerse yourself in this subject and start to understand the context, causes and consequences of this waste stream. OUTCOME: As we explore our final waste stream, you will reach a decision about which waste stream you care most passionately about finding a solution to and which offer the most creative potential for your practice. You will also have gained insight into how to source and work with that material.
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Module 11 — Plastic Waste (Part 2): You will take part in our final making workshop, this time exploring the properties of various types of waste plastic with jeweller Bronwen Gwillim and making your own set of samples that can be strung together into an informative bracelet. OUTCOME: By our final making event, you will be confident in sharing your ideas and plans for working with waste . You will be looking forward to getting started and putting some of those plans into action, safe the the knowledge you have a network of people to lean on.
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Module 12 — Conclusion. A worksheet with questions and reflections will give you the chance to draw together everything you have learned and make some pledges and commitments on moving forward with a more circular business. OUTCOME: Though the course can’t offer you a personalised roadmap for working with waste, by the end, you will have found and followed the first few signposts, and started to build you own roadmap.
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A ‘Read/Watch/Listen’ list of resources to explore for those who want to go deeper – kind of like the reading lists you largely ignored at art school or university, but more accessible for different learning styles and hopefully a whole lot more engaging
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Access to a private online community to share your progress, ask questions and connect with likeminded souls
Jaime Derringer
Jaime Derringer
Founder, Design Milk
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“Katie’s respect and admiration for designer-makers shines through everything she does.”

How it works

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Start whenever you like. This is a self-paced programme so you can join whenever suits your schedule, lifestyle or workload. There are no deadlines or submissions and the programme has been designed to fit around busy lives.
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You will get immediate access to a series of pre-recorded videos and audio files so you can watch or listen alongside your making practice.
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This is a self-paced course, hosted on a platform called Circle, so you can find everything in one place and track your progress as you move through the content
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You will receive reminders by email to keep you on track
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Self-directed challenges and making workshops enable you to put all the theory into practice
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A comments thread on each video, as well as a dedicated community space, enable you to share learnings and “aha” moments, ask questions and connect with likeminded souls on the same journey
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Downloadable PDF workbooks will you give space to engage with the exercises and implement what you learn
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The videos will remain accessible for as long as this course exists, so you can go at your own pace and come back to it as many times as you need to.
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Having taken this course, you will become eligible for my *free* quarterly “Ask Me Anything” sessions via Zoom so can get clarification or dig deeper on any part of the course.
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All videos are fully captioned and written transcripts and audio-only versions are provided to cater for different learning styles. If there is another way I can make this programme more accessible, just shoot me an email and I will always do my best to help

Your investment

£850 one-off payment
or 5 payments of £170
£1020 inc VAT if payable
Approx $1,077
Approx 994 €
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Adam Thow
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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A membership community and online learning platform in which you get to feel proud of contributing to a thriving planet with every product you make.
Monthly rolling membership.
Cancel anytime with 3 working days notice.

This is for you if...

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You are a designer-maker, artist, craftsperson or design student making your own products, or making prototypes for manufacture.
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You used to feel really proud of working with your hands, but increasingly have a creeping sense of guilt about putting more yet more ‘stuff’ into the world.
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You are already working towards becoming more sustainable, but mostly work with virgin materials and haven’t yet fully embraced waste as a raw material.
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You are open to an approach to your work that is experimental, collaborative and materials-led.

This is not for you if...

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You are already working with waste as a raw material and feel comfortable in this space – this course is a place to begin to explore and experiment with waste for the first time.
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You don’t have the time right now to really dive in and ‘do the work’.
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You are looking for live teaching and immediate feedback – the course is self-paced, but you will be able to find support in the community space and join the quarterly live Q&As..

Frequently Asked Questions

All the course materials hosted on a platform called Circle, so you can find everything in one place and track your progress as you move through the content. You will receive immediate access as well as a series of reminders by email to keep you on track. (You can cancel or reset these at anytime.)

The exact content varies by course, but most include a series of videos and workbooks, a ‘Read/Watch/Listen’ list for those who want to dive deeper and email reminders to keep you on track.

If you take any of my self-paced courses, you will also become eligible for my *free* quarterly “Ask Me Anything” sessions via Zoom so can get clarification or dig deeper on any part of the course.

Again, it varies by course so check the fact box at the top left of this page. Most videos are 30–90 minutes long and you can usually do the exercises as you watch. Some courses include additional homework or “challenges” which you might want to dedicate more time to – but you can do everything at your own pace.

You have access to all the course materials as long as the course exists, so you can work through at your own pace and revisit as many times as you need to.

This is an online self-paced course so you can work at your own pace, around other commitments and from any time zone. You will be invited to live quarterly Q&As via Zoom where you can bring any questions.

All videos are captioned and written transcripts and audio-only versions are provided. If there’s anything else I can do to make the course more accessible, please just ask and I will always do my best.

If you are in the UK, we have to charge you VAT. If you are not in the UK and outside the EU, we will not charge you VAT. If you are in the EU, we have to charge VAT unless you provide a VAT number, in which case we don’t. Simple, huh?! But don’t worry – our payment system will work all of this out for as you add your address details. (If you’re having any trouble entering your VAT number, make sure the two-letter prefix, e.g. DK for Denmark) matches the country you’ve entered in your address. Give us a shout if you’re having any trouble and we’ll get you sorted.

Nope! By popular demand, we have moved away from Facebook and now use Circle for hosting all the course materials as well as the community aspect.

A comments thread on each video enables you to share learnings and “aha” moments, ask questions and connect with likeminded souls on the same journey

You can ask questions on the comments thread on each video – I check in most days so will respond as quickly as I can.

Having taken this course, you will become eligible for my *free* quarterly “Ask Me Anything” sessions via Zoom so can get clarification or dig deeper on any part of the course.

And if you’re stick stuck and need a quick response, you can always shoot me an email. 

Again, it depends on the course, so check the details in the fact box at the top right of this page, but most of the higher-priced courses have some sort of payment plan. 

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