Supported by Kingston University in 1994, Jakki Dehns’ initialresearch set out to explore the global availability of new materials made from waste and to investigate how they might be utilised in products, furniture and interior spaces.
Awarded a major research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2003, Jakki Dehn was able to interview designers, manufacturers, retail outlets, governments and the waste management industry in Europe, USA and Asia in order to understand the sustainable development of these new materials and hear how environmental concerns are affecting the design process.
The REMATERIALISE Library, one of the most thorough Sustainable Materials globally, grew naturally out of this research and now forms the backbone of this online resource.
She also curated and produced the travelling exhibition ‘CREATIVE RESOURCE’ which was part of a lively debate about sustainable development. It drew upon the experiences of designers, manufacturers and people with a broad awareness of environmental issues to suggest several routes through the complex field of sustainable design by exploring the creative and economic potential of recycled materials.