Green algae, before drying and grinding it into powder

SERENDIPITY

This project is about experimenting with different materials, observing how natural materials react in combination with non-biological, synthetic materials and detecting the effects of various external influences. It is a rather experimental process and as such, the outcome is rather less predictable.

By analyzing the new materials and highlighting their different appearances and characteristics, new ideas are evolved for whose applications the new materials are valuable. Focusing on their advantages, new products are developed which benefit of the newly-created wrought materials.    

Part One


Ivy_sunglasses

Ivy was the first material i focussed on in the experimental process. 

Fascinated by the intense green colour of Ivy and other chlorophyll-containing materials, I tried to find a way to preserve the various shades of green.    

After experimenting with paper-like structures made out of ivy fibers, more promising results were obtained while mixing the ivy and wheat-grass fibers with natural “glues“ such as methyl cellulose. 

Next step was to drive the material to its physical limits, such as testing the material´s thickness. Outcome is a set of filigrane, completely organic frames of sunglasses.    

 

The logical consequence of the previous outcome was to find a new material which contains this natural “glue“ property in itself. The most obvious substance that comes to mind is lignin in wood. 

Keeping up the idea of maintaining the green colour as a symbol of the natural origins of the new materials, I choose algae that reacts like lignin when heated.  

Part two

still in the making