Natures Waste

28th November 2013

With the depleting resources of certain materials we are seeing designers searching for more unique materials that are often the waste from another industry, but there is a growing interest in the use of 'Natures Waste'.

Moving from plastic made from the waste of insects, other designers are exploring the waste of other insects and gastropods.

One of my students at Textile Futures Ma is exploring the waste from nature in very surprising and exciting ways that will be debuted during their work in progress show on the 7th January and Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder is making floor tiles from coloured snail poo.

I first saw Lieske's work at Milan earlier this year, but her project has popped up on the blogs sphere again and reminded me of it.

Having noticed that snails in her garden liked eating paper she explored what would happen if she fed them different coloured paper. Setting up a 'factory' she bought hundreds of snails and fed them coloured paper which came out as coloured 'snail excrement'. Snails cant digest the pigment in the paper she feeds them resulting in a malleable material that she then forms into floor tiles through a machine that she designed.

For stylesight subscribers look out for the up and coming In The Air: Natures Waste report early next year expanding on this idea.






Alchemic Tools

28th November 2013

Known for changing the face of 3D printing when they unveiled their virtual potter/ 3D printed ceramic project at Milan Design week in 2010, Studio Unfold's latest project continues that journey with a series of 3D printed ceramic tools that dilute and diffuse perfume.

Researching how ceramics both store and release perfume each 'tool' has been designed to explore the alchemy of scent and material as well as focusing on the importance of experiencing the delights of scent.

Designed in collaboration with Barnabé Fillion who is behind the perfume brand The Peddler their pipette, flask and funnel 'tools' offer new ways of experiencing scent.





Accidental Beauty

26th November 2013

Trying to emulate the beauty to be found in ink mixing with water and capturing it as a moment in time, Hye Jeong Cheon's stools were actually made by a happy accident.

Mixing oil, paint and urethane she has created these gummy textural looking stools that are each unique and wonderfully tactile.




Digital Dimensions

25th November 2013

3D printing continues to evolve into new and exciting areas and is fast becoming more than a gimmick – although its introduction to Asda stores in the UK for shoppers to print miniature versions of themselves might be an exception to that rule!

But designers continue to explore how it will impact and really become the new manufacturing revolution. Barack Obama has been quoted as citing it as being a drive for the US manufacturing future and proposals are a foot to have maker bots in all US schools - and I was delighted when my 9 year old came home from school this week announcing that her school had now got a 3d printer.

Exploring the aesthetics and the generative outcome of pattern in 2 and 3d is Lash-Up – a collaboration between Granato and Enrico Pieraccioli who aim to ‘trigger cooperation between the world of architecture, design and art‘.

Their latest project for TexTeam srl does just that exploring the nature of codifacation through parametic drawings and 3d printing which is then printed onto textiles creating an interplay between dimensions, pattern and illusion.









rENs

20th November 2013

Working obsessively with the colour red Studio rENs have just unveiled their latest projects further exploring the meaning and uses of red.

'Mourning Materialized' explores the narrative of colours and especially red for the Zuiderzee region (Northwest of the Netherlands). During mourning people would wear regulation colours in shades defined by the time since death - black immediately after death to red when the mourning period was finished.

When moving from one colour to another each was laid down according to the regional codes and regulations and acted as an indicator to the state of mourning.

rENs used this as the narrative for their 'tapestries as biographies' which are dyed according to the traditional methods that would have been used and tell the story of the life and death of the Zuiderzee people.

Continuing their love affair of colour and red, they also collaborated with Cor Unum a ceramics producer to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Asked to update a classic bowl they played with its colour and form and used an organic dyeing process placing the objects in pigment and letting it naturally stain the porcelain over time resulting in each piece being totally unique.

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