The attitude of exploration is essential to find new designs and to find answers that only you can create.
And an essential action in exploration is the experiment. It produces value whether it succeeds or fails.
The key question is, how do we make the most of failure? How do we transform failure into answers? That is what I mean.
I place great importance on them in my research, so I usually try to incorporate them into my courses through trial and error.
When I taught a class at Konstfack in 2020, I felt strongly that a culture of exploration filled the entire university, and that was exciting. I was encouraged by the fact that a leading Nordic art university values a culture of exploration, and I hoped to convey the excitement of exploration at Kyoto University of the Arts as well.
However, students don't really know how to do exploration, and I don't think they can enjoy something they don't understand, so I wanted to do it in the form of an exploration-based study group.
The theme of the study group is "paper," and we reflect the findings of our explorations in a certain product. Paper is an ideal theme for the study group because it is easy to process, has a wide range of processing possibilities, and is readily available.
In addition, paper recycling is well-developed in Japan and fits well with the SDGs, making it a theme I would like to explore with students.