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Building Shapes by Anaëlle Renault

Building Shapes is a project developed by Anaëlle Renault, focused on the meeting of two very different materials: concrete and textile. When interacting together, these materials suggest a rich exploration of forms and textures, highlighting both the softness and the hardness, the colorful and the colorless in a single sculptural piece. The beginning Anaëlle Renault:…

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Helga Ritsch Ceramics: Vessels as a mirror of soul

Helga Ritsch is a Swiss ceramist who began her work as an independent ceramic artist in 1998. The main focus of her work, as she says, is ‘to find a suitable vessel for the relationship between outside and inside. A topic of her life’. One of the singularities of his work is the use of a small…

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Passage Rugs Collection by Vanessa Barragão

Being born and raised near the seaside, in the South of Portugal, Vanessa Barragão has always been captivated by the Sealife. Her work is characterized by complex, rich and beautiful coral reef elements, combining craft and recycled materials into sculptural objects. In Passage project, her focus is not specifically on sea life, but particularly on the…

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Cut & Groove Series by Gareth Neal

Gareth Neal is a hands-on Designer and Maker fascinated by historical techniques and aesthetics roots. With a strong narrative throughout his works, Gareth has the mastery of translating contextual references into interesting objects of contemporary design. His Cut & Groove series is an incredible collection of vessels, originally inspired by Roman, medieval and glass vessels,…

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Khadi Frays and the idea of patience by Sophie Rowley

‘Khadi Frays’ is a series of textile wall pieces developed during a recent one-year stay in India. They are inspired by the Khadi Spirit. The Indian term ‘Khadi Spirit pays reference to the symbolic craft of Khadi, an indigenous, time-consuming Indian artistry in which natural fiber cloths are spun and woven by hand. When I developed this…

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Clareira project by Emma Cogné and Mariana Campos

Clareira is the result of a workshop at Museu de Arte Popular, Lisbon made by two designers: Emma Cogné (French) and Mariana Campos (Portuguese). In collaboration with basketry weavers, such as craftswoman Ana Paula Abrunosa, they learned the braided techniques and created Clareira – an object portraiting a space of intimacy with soft borders. The Beginning…

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Vases Collection by Gilles Werbrouck

After working in the Fashion Industry for 4 years, Gilles Werbrouck decided to open his own studio, where he focuses on Knit produced with unconventional material or dead stock collected from fashion designers at the end of each season. The choice of working with Knitted textiles and materials results from their versatility regarding textures, choice of…

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Human Ivory: being adorned by your own gem by Lucie Majerus

While researching abundant and scarce materials, I was intrigued by the amount of meat industry waste and the lack of ivory. Not only elephants have teeth, but what happens to cow and pig teeth? Why don’t we value other teeth as well? When I lost my own wisdom teeth, I kept them and came up…

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Ishinomaki Lab: Pushing the horizons of DIY

Starting for the community – The Story. Ishinomaki Lab: The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake really took a toll on Ishinomaki. A coastal town, the ensuing tsunami devastated a way of life that had been taken for granted up until that point. When our founder Keiji Ashizawa came to Ishinomaki to see how he might…

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MY LITTLE ICELANDIC PONY by Emdal Studio

Touch, soft embrace and body memory. These are the matters explored by Signe Emdal – a Danish master artisan and designer in fiber materials crafting soft textile concepts since 2007. It can be said that Signe Emdal’s work transforms ambiances and emotions into material constructions with physical textile tools, focusing on creating a smoother way…

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SEA ME: sea algae yarn by Nienke Hoogvlietand

How about using bio materials to replace plastic objects? Nienke Hoogvliet decided to research the use of a bio material – seaweed – to create a more sustainable solution in the textile industry. She researches how to use seaweed as a sustainable textile dye and how to create a sustainable seaweed yarn. This research was developed after the…

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Wiid Design: Portuguese cork in South African design

Traditional handcrafting with avant-garde techniques Wiid Design: My concepts come from a conceptual and artistic environment, an angle on various topics of contemporary culture, with a focus on traditional handcrafting in combination with avant-garde techniques. By combining handcrafting and specialist techniques, we transform materials into life-enriching and durable objet d’art. I appreciate the craftsmanship and…

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