Material Sample Management Tool: label generator and database to document and share material experiments

Loes Bogers (Other), Maarten Groen (Developer)

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The Material Sample Management Tool is a label generator and database to support creative communities in documenting and sharing material experiments. It was designed around the idea of collaboratively building an archive of alternative design materials with an emphasis on materials that are easily renewable, reusable, (home) compostable within 90 days, locally abundant and make use of local waste streams. The open-source tool, which functions as a collaborative archive as well as label generator to help showcase material experiments, was developed to help any community of creatives (especially students) share them with peers online and offline, and showcase them the physical material wall in their shared workspaces, studios and tool shops.

The “Material Sample Management Tool” was developed in 2020-2021 by AUAS computer engineering students Alec Wouda, Sam Overheul, Kostas Mylothridis, Mitchell de Vries and Jarno van der Velde, with wonderful guidance from Okechukwu Onwunli and the teaching team of the Enterprise Web Applications semester course.

Entries into the material archive are produced by students in several courses at AUAS.

This tool is part of a larger material archiving project funded by NWO by means of a Comenius Teaching Fellowship awarded to senior lecturer and researcher Loes Bogers. In close collaboration with Textile Lab Amsterdam at Waag, a dedicated project team consisting of design educators, researchers and partners at Waag will develop archiving tools for sharing research into sustainable design materials in higher education. The project is inspired by, and a continuation of the Material Archive developed at Waag by Cecilia Raspanti, Maria Viftrup and other (2017-2019). The project will run until January 2022.

The project is further supported by the AUAS learning community on Critical Making and Research through Design: a partnership between the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and various research groups at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences: Fashion Research & Technology Visual Methodologies Collective Play and Civic Media

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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