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Waste:
A Masterclass

Learn how to use waste to create circular products
in this 12-week group programme.

Now, what’s this all about?

Waste: A Masterclass is a 12-week group programme that will empower, inspire and educate designer-makers to create circular products using waste. 

  • If 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, you’re in the right place.
  • If 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, you’re in the right place.

‘This is more than a masterclass – it’s a mentorship, it’s a community of creative people, it is so mind-opening and every class is full of happy surprises. It was absolutely perfect – in fact, I would do it again!’ – Amy

LEVEL

FORMAT

START DATE

DURATION

TIME

PRICE

Beginner

Self-paced & group learning

13 September 2021

12 weeks (+ 1 rest week)

2 hours/week

1 payment: £1,275 + VAT
3 payments: £425 + VAT

To split your payments over three months, choose ‘Payment Plan’ at checkout to split your purchase into three interest-free payments via your debit or credit card, with no extra charges. Make the first £425+VAT payment now, the rest in two payments monthly on the same date.

why join us?

  • Regain your sense of pride in what you do
  • Turn the heavy sense of responsibility that comes with being eco-conscious into excitement about the opportunities
  • Recapture the wide-eyed curiosity and creativity you started your career or studies with
  • Feel empowered to embrace the creative potential of waste as a raw material
  • Help to tackle the legacy of 200 years of a linear take-make-waste economy
  • Turn inspiration and good intentions into action, accountability and success
  • Cut through the greenwashing and confusion with clear, actionable steps 
  • Get access to the people who are already doing this and their hard-won insights and advice
  • 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
  • Fill your Instagram feed with posts of gorgeous products made with waste in a way that is genuinely circular

Free Webinar

Want to know more about the 12-week masterclass programme?  On Tuesday 13 July 2021 I ran a free waste webinar, so people could find out more about using waste as a raw material. I shared my circular economy framework for designer-makers, the three mindsets you need to adopt when working with waste, as well as real-life examples from makers working in this space.

If you missed it, fear not – sign up below and I’ll shoot over the replay. Just hit reply to that email with any questions.

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Free Webinar

Want to know more about the 12-week masterclass programme?  Why not dip your toe in the waste-free water with a free webinar? You’ll find out more about using waste as a raw material. (Replay available if you can’t make it live.)

Tuesday 29 June 2021
12pm GMT

Sign-up to join me for the webinar and the very last chance for the Early Bird Bonus.

Waste LIVE

Join Katie for a half-day live summit with interviews, films, panel events, a workshop and more, exploring the potential of waste as a raw material for designer-makers.

Price £50 + VAT
(redeemable against the Masterclass course price)

Friday 16 July 2021
2pm GMT

As well as offering lots of value in its own right – it’s your last chance to find out more about the masterclass programme before the cart closes on Monday 19 July 2021.

 

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What You Get

INTERVIEWS WITH THE DESIGNER-MAKERS ALREADY WORKING WITH WASTE

Every other week, you will receive a short film with an introduction from me before I introduce you to the designers, makers and experts already making this work. We’ll share their hard-won insights and advice for someone in your position.

You’ll also receive a bunch of further reading, watching, and listening prompts so you can dive into this fascinating subject as deeply as you want to.

Fortnightly Live sessions with Katie and hands-on workshops

On alternate weeks, you’ll have a live session with me where we can explore your learnings together, share your discoveries, challenges and a-ha moments and you can ask me any questions. This is the only forum in which I work with such a small group so it is a rare opportunity to pick my brains.

You will also either be set a challenge to work on in your own time and report back or we’ll come together for a hands-on workshop with a maker 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.

Access to the Facebook community

Our private Facebook Group will be the place to share your progress and ask any questions. You will be learning alongside a tightly curated group of likeminded designers and makers, so this is a wonderful opportunity to form a close network and learn from each other, support each other and hold each other accountable.

Live sessions will be saved into the group, so you can catch up if you miss them and I be will popping in to help you get settled and start conversation threads. 

When do we start?

Waste: A Masterclass is a 12-week course starting w/c 13 September and running until Thursday 16 December 2021.

You will receive videos, further reading suggestions, reminders of our calls, and/or instructions for your challenge on the Monday of each week. Lives will be on alternate Thursdays at 12noon BST and saved into the Facebook Group for anyone who misses them. Workshop dates TBC.  

All content will be delivered digitally, so you can take part from anywhere in the world as long as you have a decent internet connection.

Early bird bonus

goodie bag including Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure

Sign up and pay in full /make your first payment by 11:59pm BST on Tuesday 13 July 2021 and you will receive a goodie bag including a copy of Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure, a notebook for your course notes, and ethically sourced tea and chocolate to keep you going.

What’s the investment?

One off payment of £1,275 + VAT (£1,530 incl VAT) – or three monthly payments of £425 + VAT (£510 incl VAT).

If that level of investment would leave you unable to meet the basic costs of running your business, or if you are part of a marginalised community that has been traditionally excluded from sustainability work, there are a limited number of bursary places available. Please email me for more details.

No refunds will be available, so please think carefully before making the commitment to join us. The monthly payment option is a payment plan not a subscription model, so all three payments will be due even if you do not complete the course.

Testimonials

‘This is more than a masterclass – it’s a mentorship, it’s a community of creative people, it is so mind-opening and every class is full of happy surprises. I am just in awe of the diverse content, and, as somebody who is working full-time, it is the perfect opportunity to have inspiration without the pressure. It is at just the right pace for somebody with busy life who needs food for thought and inspiration. It was absolutely perfect – in fact I would do it again!’
– Amy
‘It’s been really fascinating to see how waste is being used in different sectors from fashion to furniture. I have loved the opportunity not to see my practice as one thing or another, but to put my thoughts on hold for a little while and just immerse myself into a different world. I would really recommend future participants do all the tasks and challenges even they don’t feel relevant – they will all give you new opportunities and new ways of thinking.’
– Sarah
‘I found the course incredibly helpful. I am studying for a master’s at the same time, and it’s been brilliant to meet designers on this course who want to approach waste in a similar way to me. Having a framework for that part of my practice to hold me accountable has really kept me on track. Plus – it's a really lovely community.’
– Annabel
‘I have found the course interesting, challenging and very informative, which was exactly what I hoped, but the best part has been finding the similarities between other people’s journeys and my own. It’s made me feel less weird for peering into skips and rummaging through rubbish in my kids’ bedrooms looking for waste I can repurpose! I feel like I’ve finally found my people.’
– Diana
‘I have been happier than I could have expected. Being an architect and interior designer with a passion for sustainability is a challenge, but Katie's powerful and energetic leadership is great. The interviews, reading suggestions and challenges helped me to go into the subject in more depth. Katie's power gives me the strength to go on studying, even while working. Even though the course is aimed at designer-makers, I’ve found it interesting to find different ways of using waste for any creative mind.'
– Elisa
‘The masterclass has been fantastic in inspiring me to become more circular in my practice and to discover exciting ways to use waste. Being on the journey and sharing insights with other designers and creatives has been fab too.’
– Fiona
‘The masterclass has really opened my mind to being more experimental with different materials and to seeing the textiles industry and my work differently. It’s been really inspiring.’
– Kiki
'I’ve just found out I’m going to get a £10,000 research and development grant from Arts Council Wales. This is totally thanks to this course (as well as Making Design Circular) as the collaborative nature of it was a factor for the grant panel. They said they didn’t want to fund anyone working in isolation. Taking time off work to change my business felt like a huge risk, but it’s already paying off. Thank you!'
– Sarah

Timetable

Week 1 — w/c 13 September 2021: 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 be given access to the Facebook Group where you can start to get to know each other and I will do a short Live welcoming you to the course, introducing some course guidelines and giving you a flavour of what’s to come. I will also share a reading list of supporting texts.

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.

Week 2 — w/c 20 September 2021: Domestic Waste Pt I

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.

Week 3 — w/c 27 September Domestic Waste Pt II

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.

We’ll have our first Live session in which I’ll bring together some of themes from the first week, and you’ll share the results of your first activity, 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. 

Week 4 — w/c 04 October: Industrial Waste Pt I

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.

Week 5 — w/c 11 October: Industrial Waste Pt II

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

We’ll have our second Live session in which I’ll bring together some of themes from the second week, and you’ll share the results of your challenge, share any resistance your feeling or aha moments, and ask any questions.

OUTCOME: You will have brought your questions and challenges to another live session and gained feedback from your fellow students, making you 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.

rest week — W/C 18 OCTOBER: rest & reset

We will take a week off at the mid-point of the course to allow you to catch up with anything you’re behind on – in the course, or in life – and take a break, get out into the world, and come back refreshed. 

Week 6 — w/c 25 October: Fashion Waste Pt I

You will hear from designers and makers, such as Simone Post and Virginie De Mann, 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.

Week 7 — W/C 01 NOVEMBER: Fashion Waste Pt II

We’ll have our weekly live so you can share your thoughts and feelings about this week’s content, overcome any resistance and ask any questions.

We will also have our first workshop. Isabel Fletcher will lead a live ‘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. 

Week 8 — W/C 09 NOVEMBER: Food Waste Pt I

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 a 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.

Week 9 — W/C 15 NOVEMBER: Food Waste Pt II

We’ll have our weekly Live so you can share your thoughts and feelings about this week’s content, overcome any resistance and ask any questions.

We will also have our second hands-on workshop with Badger and Birch (TBC) 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.

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. You will have started to form real connections with other members of your cohort.  

Week 10 — W/C 22 NOVEMBER: Plastic Waste Pt I

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.

Week 11 — W/C 29 NOVEMBER: Plastic Waste Pt II

We will have our final workshop with Precious Plastics / Relic, during which you will learn how to make a flexible sheet material from plastic bags as well as gaining insights into different types of waste plastic and how they should and shouldn’t be combined to ensure future recyclability. 

We’ll have our weekly Live so you can share your thoughts and feelings about this week’s content, overcome any resistance and ask any questions.

OUTCOME: By our final live event, you will be confident in sharing your ideas and plans for working with waste and exchanging ideas and feedback with your fellow students. 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. 

Week 12 — w/c 06 december: Conclusion

We will have a final Live in the Facebook Group to draw together everything you have learned and make some pledges and commitments on moving forward with a more circular business.

All the course assets and the Facebook Group will remain open until the end of December to give you chance to catch up if you’ve fallen behind.

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, started to build you own roadmap, and recruited some fellow travellers for the journey ahead. 

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This is for you if:

  • You are a designer-maker, artist or design student making your own products, or making prototypes for manufacture.
  • 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.
  • You want to feel excited and empowered in your creative practice again. 
  • 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.
  • You are open to an approach to your work that is experimental, collaborative and materials-led.
  • You are open to this project being equally experimental, imperfect and co-created. (We have run a successful beta version, but it will continue to evolve.)
  • You are ready to put the time and effort into creating genuine change and helping me to do the same, by providing feedback during the course and providing a testimonial at the end.
  • You are already actively doing feminist, anti-racist, anti-ableist and LGBTQIA+ inclusion work or, at the very least, you firmly believe in equity and equality for all people and are open to learning more.
  • You have any special needs that I can support by adapting the way learning materials are delivered or conversations take place – just let me know. 
  • You are perfectly imperfect and still haven’t quite weaned yourself off Diet Coke/single-use coffee cups/cotton wool buds/plastic packaging…

This is not for you if:

  • 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.
  • You don’t have the time right now to really dive in and ‘do the work’.
  • You want a ready-made roadmap for your business – this course will give you the first few signposts, but I won’t be holding your hand / offering 121 consultancy.
  • You are going to struggle with an imperfect and ‘work-in-progress’ product – while we have been through beta testing, this course is still evolving and I am a fallible human just like you.  
  • You are not ready to invest financially in making your business more circular.
  • You are looking for an immediate and tangible ROI or business support.
  • You are uncomfortable with traditionally marginalised voices being centred in conversations. This course aims to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for women, people of colour, disabled people, those with neurodivergencies and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 
  • You are not on Facebook (or willing to join) AND you want access to the community aspects of the course. You WILL be able to access all the course materials and work through them without Facebook access, but much of the conversation, debate and sharing of ideas will happen within a private Facebook Group.
  • You have a terrible internet connection – everything is delivered digitally.

Got a question?

If you would like to anything else that we’ve not covered, just send Katie a message using the form below.

Book a 30-minute call

If you want to speak to Katie directly before signing up, you can book a 30-minute call using the calendar below. 

Meet your fearless leader

Katie Treggiden grew up surrounded by the natural world. An idyllic Cornish childhood spent in boats, on the beach or exploring the countryside was augmented by a fascination with nature documentaries, particularly those by her childhood hero David Attenborough. She read biology and marketing management at Oxford Brookes University, deepening her understanding of environmental issues while honing her communication skills, before embarking on a successful 12-year career in advertising, marketing and brand strategy.

In 2010, Katie shifted gears to become a craft and design journalist, focusing on creativity as a positive agent for social change. Having written four books, established an award-winning blog and an independent magazine, as well as contributing to publications such as The Guardian, Viewpoint, Design Milk, Crafts Magazine, Elle Decoration and Monocle24, she undertook a master’s degree in the history of design at the University of Oxford. She set herself an informal question to guide her research: ‘Can craft save the world?’ She graduated in 2019 with, not only a distinction and papers on feminism, bio-facture, repair and the plastics crisis to her name, but with an answer to the question that has become the ‘North Star’ for an emerging body of work about the role that craft and design can play in sustainability and the circular economy. It was during her time at Oxford that she laid the groundwork for her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020) and her podcast Circular with Katie Treggiden.

She was the founder and first president of women’s network Bloom and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Trustee of the Leach Pottery – and despite having written an entire paper on the evils of Coca-Cola, she still has a Diet Coke habit she can’t quite seem to shake!

LEVEL

FORMAT

START DATE

DURATION

TIME

PRICE

Beginner

Self-paced & group learning

13 September 2021

12 weeks (+ 1 rest week)

2 hours/week

1 payment: £1,275 + VAT
3 payments: £425 + VAT

To split your payments over three months, choose ‘Payment Plan’ at checkout to split your purchase into three interest-free payments via your debit or credit card, with no extra charges. Make the first £425+VAT payment now, the rest in two payments monthly on the same date.

What is Katie like to work with?

‘Katie’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for design is infectious. She’s a pleasure to work with – always friendly, open to ideas and reliable.’
Anna Winston
Editor, Dezeen
‘Katie is an inspiring, design-obsessed all-round fantastically interesting human. I truly look forward to every opportunity I get to work alongside her and learn from her.’
Emma Morley
Trifle Creative
‘Katie is fantastic to work with and always happy to share her immense knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the design world.’
Laura Wasley
Plymouth College of Art
'Katie has all the right ingredients to make amazing things happen. Her non-traditional and highly creative approach is both refreshingly honest and well thought out. Her infectious energy and passion is a huge plus for anyone who aspires to bigger thinking.’
David Angelo
Founder, David & Goliath
‘Katie shows an infectious enthusiasm for learning and research, approaching subjects in a really fresh way, resulting in new angles every time. Her professionalism and unique insight is coupled with a warm and generous nature that makes her a pleasure to work with.’
Adam Thow
Sir John Soane’s Museum
'We love Katie’s energy and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.’
Charlie Smith
Charlie Smith Design
'Katie's respect and admiration for designer-makers shines through everything she does.’
Jaime Derringer
Founder & Editor, Design Milk
'Katie is straight-talking and intuitive with a firm finger on the pulse.'
Malin Cunningham
Owner and Director, Hattrick