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.

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