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Van Gogh Somewhere

Paintable tents which can be washed and reused at variety of venues.

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According to Nielsen’s Audience Insights, approximately 32 million people attend art and music festivals every year. Contemporary festivals present people with the opportunity to temporarily break from the social conventionality and constraints of everyday life, making them a hub of creative and cultural expression. It has also been brought to our attention by frequent festival-goers that it can oftentimes become difficult, among uniform rows of tents, to find your own. In order to provide for an artistic yet utilitarian means of making festival life as carefree as possible, our team has ideated tents made of paintable canvas that can be washed and reused at various events.

The tents will consist of five paintable and washable canvas panels that hook onto an aluminum frame. Connection joints will be used to link the tent poles. We are unsure of whether the Grind materials possess the durability and rigidity to construct stable tent framework, so we would likely need to outsource these materials. However, all other components will be built using Grind materials. 

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

Our team is considering a variety of materials for the paintable canvas component of our design. We believe either the textiles or leather materials are potential candidates due to their dye absorbing properties. We plant to undergo design of experiment and testing to address which materials form the best paintable canvas and are also washable. However, we have considered several options for manufacturing processes. The use of recycled textiles has seen an emergence in the fashion industry, and to supply the demand, several manufacturers have started producing recycled textiles. We plan to communicate with these textile manufacturers in order to either use their infrastructure or develop our own based off their established system. In addition to the mixed apparel and mixed footwear textiles, we believe the fiber fluff has the potential to be compacted and mixed with a joining resin, in order to form a paintable canvas material. For the connection joints used to join the aluminum frame, our team plans to use either rubber granulate or EVA foam Sheets and Blocks in an injection molding process to achieve the desired structure. Additives may need to be included in order to strengthen the materials.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Inspired by the recent resurgence of music festivals, Coachella and Stagecoach having transpired only a week ago, and listening to many friends and peers recount their festival experiences, we wanted to create a product that would reflect the free and lighthearted spirit of these events. Thus, we created a blank canvas for the thoughts and feelings of our generation.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

How is your idea innovative?

By repurposing textiles and EVA/rubber, we have produced a tent which can be produced at low cost but provides the user with shelter from the elements and a recreational opportunity. Our team was worried this idea lacked originality. However, after receiving feedback from an individual who often attends music and culture festivals, we realized nothing like our product exists in the current market and our product would serve to help users distinguish their campsite amid thousands other tents.

What inspired this idea?

During Mash-Up phase of the brainstorming process, our team was presented with the merging of a tent and a protest sign. The combination of a living structure and method of expressing oneself led to the idea of a paintable tent.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Our team consists of four university students all exploring design and innovation as Mechanical Engineers: Michael Charonnat, Makenzie Kamei, Andrew Myers, and Amanda Parlog.

In what city are you located?

San Luis Obispo

In what country are you located?


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Hi Makenzie and the Van Gogh Somewhere  team,

Great to see you in the Challenge! Could you please provide more content for the submission question, "How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?" How might you begin to turn the raw Nike Grind materials into your final product? What might that process look like step-by-step? How might you begin the prototyping process?

With the deadline fast-approaching at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, please ensure all of your final updates are completed by then.

Excited to learn more!