• In Our Hands: Nepali nature inspired climate solutions in the Anthropocene

Panneels, Inge, Phillips, Robert and Dhakal, Saurav, 2023, Journal Article, In Our Hands: Nepali nature inspired climate solutions in the Anthropocene Indian Ocean Craft Triennial-IOTA24, TBC (TBC). TBC-TBC. ISSN TBC (Unpublished)

Abstract or Description:

This paper considers material based making practices as found in the traditional handicraft, contemporary crafts practices and design innovation communities in Nepal. This sits within the context of the Anthropocene; a concept from the Earth sciences which has been adopted by academia at large and the arts and humanities in particular. It is a useful framework to explore the role of the human in our contemporary predicament of the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity collapse. The paper places these craft practices within Doughnut Economics which argues that the current economic model is not fit for purpose for the 21st century. Rooted in feminist, gender, race and environmental theory, Doughnut Economics proposes seven new ways to think about economics that puts both people and planet at the heart of a radical new way of thinking about the economy.

The Circular Economy principles propose a closed loop design that can be found in these Nepali craft practices, using case studies from the Road to COP26 Innovation Programme and In Our Hands projects supported by the British Council in Nepal, which took place between 2020 and 2024.

The paper considers how the ‘radical indigenism’ of these craft practices can be situated in context of the Anthropocene. It introduces the Quintuple Bottom Line (profit, people, planet purpose and place) framework which emanated from these projects to support narratives of a Green or Net Zero Economy which dominate international policymaking to help contextualise the ‘antropos’ in this bioregional approach to economic craft development. The work offers insights that can be applied beyond craft practices, demonstrating the interlink of the hyper-local (materials use), to mutually benefit and build regenerative practices that speak of provenance and bioregionalism in a global context.

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Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: British Council, EPSRC [EP/W020610/1], AHRC [AH/S002782/1]
Identification Number or DOI: TBC
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2024 10:04
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 14:50
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5717
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