It’s Now or Näver is a project developed by Swedish textile designer Emma Dahlqvist that investigates different ways of applying textile design to birch bark. Through processes of material manipulation, such as laser cutting, origami, and pleating, the birch bark, originally a solid and rigid material, is reinvented and transformed into a soft and dynamic textile.…Read More
How can pine bark, normally considered a by-product of the wood industry, become a valuable material? Sarmite Polakova has been investigating its potential and producing leather-like materials with infinite application possibilities. Some of the results can be seen here. The Beginning Sarmite Polakova: Discovering the flexibility of the pine tree bark was a coincidence during…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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Why don’t we highlight the forgotten qualities of Jute’s raw fiber? That’s the question Alexander Marinus’project HEY JUTE tries to answer and resolve.
Jen Keane is a designer and researcher working in between the disciplines of design and science, technology and craft. Her work is based on the exploration of sustainable and biological solutions to design a new generation of hybrid materials. The beginning Jen Keane: As a designer, I was always interested in how things were made and materiality…Read More
We have a visual expectation of tactility based on appearance before touching things. Our psychological response to a surface is dependent on a subjective association to its material. The objects I present reflect a material exploration that challenges our visual expectation of foam. It questions the boundaries between tactile and visual senses as the material…Read More
The Beginning Tamara Orjola: It all began with meticulous research about the forgotten value of plants and techniques. There is a lot of knowledge and awareness we used to pass from generation to generation which got forgotten due to the development of mass-production. Valuable local materials and techniques are left behind due to the unwillingness…Read More
When I was taking out the rubbish one day, I saw there were lots of paper rubbish in the bin. And most of them were newspapers and advertisements which we get a lot in our mailboxes and which we only look for few seconds and throw away. I thought this was a pity and wanted…Read More