Sonnet Bauke Steenhuisen, Poetic Engineering

Natascha van der Velden wrote ‘Making fashion sustainable – the role of designers’.
This dissertation triggered Bauke Steenhuisen to write the following sonnet.

(Closure of offtakes in Bangladesh, uuid:691dbc0b-a713-4f29-9354-202c713cc4bc)

Fashion and sustainability
are worlds apart. With pride we wear a suit
close to our heart, whereas it will pollute
the earth, this exploitative industry.

Fashion, stand for your identity
and change, in order for the world to stay
as lovely and enchanting as it may.
Designers, bear responsibility.

Are you sceptic still and think: who cares…
if clothes are knit or weaved and glued or sewed?
Well then this news will catch you unawares:

Life cycle studies (LCA) have showed
to knit or weave is more than splitting hairs
to weave has twenty times a higher load.

Poetic Engineering
Foto: Sam Rentmeester

Bauke Steenhuisen (universiteit docent bij de faculteit TBM) en Jeroen Manders (zanger, acteur, tekstschrijver, componist en voormalig IO student) verdichtten tussen december 2014 en maart 2017 42 keer een Delftse afstudeerscriptie of proefschrift tot een sonnet. Illustraties waren van Ella Nitters.