Fernando Laposse Madero


Wael Saeiby


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Lucy Libotte


Design Council Ones to Watch

8th February 2015

The Design Council have announced the 70 designers who they think will impact future British design.

Chosen from hundreds of designers, the final 70 are chosen for their outstanding design ambitions, drive to push the boundaries of design and for their future impact on British design.

Divided into 6 categories: Healthier and Happier, Material World, Social Impact, Living in the city, Rethinking reality and Everyday living it is wonderful to see many of the designers I have profiled on this blog or on Unique Style Platform or my brilliant students!

Ofcourse the most interesting section is Material World where the brilliant Marlene Huissoud with her From Insects project utilising propolis from bees is nominaated as well as Lucy Libotte who explores dust as a material for glazing ceramics who are both graduates from Materials Futures at CSM, whilst Wael Saeiby who re works plastic bags into beautiful vases and Effie Koukia with her edible ink for safe graffiti and printing push the boundaries of materiality.

Also in this category is a project that I hadn't seen before from Fernando Laposse Madero who is a material alchemist who experiments with sugar to resemble glass. Creating cocktail glasses, the drinks become sweeter as time passes.

Good luck to them all







Dust Matters

17th June 2014

In a world that strives for perfection, cleanliness is in some cases akin to holiness - but not for Lucie Libotte a recent graduate from Material Futures at CSM.

Exploring dust and its role in our urban existence Lucie has found the beauty in the immaterial and the unwanted.

Her project ‘Dust Matters’ aims to re-evaluate views on dust from a 'dirt' to a story teller about our lives. Taking dust from peoples homes she has used the dust as a ceramic glaze that behaves differently depending on the particles of metal, organic and synthetic matter that makeup the dust samples.

The resulting bespoke vessels display unique beauty that tell a different story from each location that the dust was collected.

Lucie's project along with the other graduating students is on show at CSM from tomorrow until sunday.









From Insects

9th June 2014

With the graduate shows about to kick off in the coming weeks a lot of great work will be on show, but one of the best projects that I have been lucky to preview is from Marlene Huissoud soon to graduate from Material Futures.

Her project explores a new materiality using waste streams from insects to create new materials and products.

I initially wrote about her work in January during the work in progress and also on Unique Style Platform our new trends service, but here I reveal the final outcome of her project as a preview to the show which starts on the 18th June.

Taking the waste from bees known as propolis, Marlene has worked with the material in different ways including working with a glass blower to create exquisite glass vessels.

Using a glass engraving technique she has re imagined the honeycomb pattern in her vessels for a poetic comment on the process of her work as well as the importance of the symbiosis between man and nature.

In addition Marlene has worked with silk cocoons, the waste from the silk worm to create another new man made natural material. Breaking down the cocoons and using the natural adhesive found in the cocoon she has created a heavy weight paper like material that she has then varnished with melted propolis. Somewhere between leather and wood this material is hard and lightweight and due to its natural make up is fully biodegradable.

Pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the beauty to be found in natures waste as well as the uses such materials can have she has designed some furniture pieces that are a pure celebration of nature, design and materiality.









Material Illusions

28th May 2014

Soon to be graduating from Materials Futures Ma at CSM (the newly re named Textiles Futures) Sophie Rowley has transformed the every day, overlooked and under appreciated materials into a new beautiful, thought provoking and truly relevant materials palette for the future.

Considering issues surrounding natural and man made, real and fake as well as continuing issues with depleting resources she has taken waste glass from a glazier, recycled paper, blue foam, cd's and leather and re worked them into entirely new aesthetic offerings.

The resulting materials question our sense of known materials - all man made from waste they all resemble aesthetics we know from nature.

These hyper common man made materials which represent our urban identity have all been re worked through manipulation and craft processes giving them a second life, but more importantly they serve as a preparation for our future times when we will not have the luxury of extracting virgin materials from nature.

Rowley's project allows us to glimpse a new materials future where we will embrace a newly defined man made nature.







Colour Provenance

9th January 2014

Exploring the provenance of colour in a world where we take colour for granted, Laura Daza Carreno - showing her final project work at Textile Futures work in progress show - looks to bring a revised appreciation of colour through an understanding of its history, whilst at the same time reviving colours that have been lost over time.

Exploring the ancient world of colour and through developing an understanding of how colour was sourced and created in the past, Laura hopes to create new colour from natural materials using traditional craft methods.

For instance her Mummy Brown is achieved from grinding down mumified animals whilst her verdigris, similarly to in historical times when the colour was first created, she is scraping rust particles to create raw and new pigments.

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