World 3, Exploration A

Washing machine door with reflections of people dancing.

After the second wave of feminism, washing in the home seemed to only represent the patriarchal aspects of life. Laundrettes became a social hub in World 3 where people could share washing advice and use communal machines to save water waste and ultimately reduce the need for fast fashion as clothes were being reused often.

As a result an underground social scene emerged in the form of nightclubs, accessible through the laundry rooms by memberships only. This is for people from all walks of life who want to wash and get wasted. Here you can see a drink, poster and wristband made to advertise ‘WashWorld’.

This Exploration was contributed by Sadie Chambers, Ebru Caner, Bronwen Carney, Oliver Danaher and Giovanni Ciani (located in the UK), developed from a World contributed by Amy Twigger Holroyd, using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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