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Fresh Fashion

Kids design outfits and acessories out of fruits and vegetables for display.

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Opportunities for play can increase awareness of fresh food.
Aimed at teens, this concept is meant to entice teens by focusing on fashion and design.
Much like the surprise challenges a on reality-tv shows, students would be asked to design clothing that is made out of fruits and vegetables for display at their local grocery store. After a run-through of the design process student would be free to choose their project. Any piece of clothing is acceptable from a elegant evening gown, a loose basketball jersey, or a skateboard shoe.


Whatever garment type is selected, students would be asked to design a label listing the fruit and vegetables used and the vitamins or minerals they contain.
The care instructions could be replaced by simple preparation methods.
Parents or siblings could model the produce so the family is involved in the process. And students could bring document their models with photos they bring to class.


photo credit:
http://curiousphotos.blogspot.com/2009/04/vegetable-fashion-clothes-13pics.html



Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Middle school (Tweens) 11-13
  • High school (Teens) 14 -18

Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Peer Pressure
  • Lack of Knowledge

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@Arjan: Thanks! I agree the concept of creating apparel might appeal more to girls then boys. That slant was on purpose. I'd read an article discussing how teenage girls are the group with the most unhealthy eating habits and decided to create a concept to address the gender issues. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/feb/09/teenage-girls-unhealthy-diet)

As you pointed out however, this problem could be addressed by extending the concept to include other types of design. As long as kids are engaging in the design process and learning about the about the benefits fresh fruits and vegetables, I think this concept would be a step in the right direction.
Introducing kids to the concept that they can design objects ie., have more control over the products they own and use, is one important outcome of this concept.

@ Jeremy : Thanks for the feedback. Waste is an important consideration. Making composting part of the program could help with this issue. An alternative would be to scale down the design to create smaller accessories: watches, shoes or jewelry. I wanted to use fresh foods because that's when they have the most colour and strongest smell. If the fresh food aspect is kept, the food could be given to a local animal shelter. You 've got me thinking about the concept could tweaked, though which is a good thing.

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DeletedUser

I'm not sure I'm a fan of wasting food for display purposes, but the idea has the merit of tangible involvement, and an edible 'adult' line could help educate the parents.

What about using food 'wastes' to create apparel and other gadgets using nut shells, dried/cured leaves/flowers. children could make maracas or other toys that last and require the food to be --consumed-- before the concept is made.

Could the stalks of broccoli (or other) be dried and used to make fabric 'straps' and large leaves for the main materials...? If the clothes don't spoil they could be real fashion options (reduce... reuse!)

the new fashion trend could be determined by both ones creativity and diet...

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Nice concept! Even though this may appeal more to girls than boys, but with emphasizing the possibility for making sports apparel that could easily be overcome. Maybe it can be extended to making other things than fashion? For example making a supercar from the ingredients needed for a meal.