The brief for our studio was to create a product from a single sheet of material. With aims for it to be as cost-effective and waste efficient as possible. My response was to create a sheet of material using wine corks; this utilises a waste stream while gaining free material. I discovered using a natural rubber glue created a versatile material that’s very flexible, lightweight and has high grip. While also being sustainable, recyclable, degradable and natural.
The wine corks were collected from a few different restaurants. I experimented with a range of glues and combinations of cork sizes and then manipulated the results to see what fabrication methods were possible.
I created a range of products to show the properties of the material, a wine cooler, glasses and case as well as a pair of non-slip sliders.
Project 2 – Woodland – Modify
My next project began by looking at the RSA brief: How might we utilise local woodland resources to stimulate sustainable economic activity?
I investigated this through interviews and research probes which provided key insights and highlighted major problems relating to Ash die-back disease and the biodiversity crisis.
My aim was to lock in more carbon from making products from mid-sized wood, while creating space for new planting, in the context of millions of ash trees being lost due to die-back. I created a measuring tool for others to be able to quickly identify uses for wood that will both result in an increase in carbon captured as well as an increase in profits.
This tree is beyond help – action needs to be taken swiftly to remove diseased trees as soon as they are positively diagnosed. It allows space for saplings to be planted in their place. This supports new eco-systems and biodiversity.
This modified retractable washing line is now a measuring tool for foresters to quickly identify uses for felled trees. The cable has coloured markings so the tree surgeon can easily identify the potential of the wood (for planking as well as smaller timber uses such as planting stakes and fence posts).
I designed and made a bench and a chair that could be built on the site where the tree is felled. This I achieved through using tools available to a tree surgeon in conjunction with green wood building techniques so that joints can tighten with age.
How might we utilise local woodland resources to stimulate sustainable economic activity? This project looks at the effect of ash dieback, the role of re-wilding and tree surgery.