Goldsmiths Design Students tackle the problem of conflict timber using a mix of handicraft and hi-tech.
Goldsmiths Design students have collaborated with Helveta, a leading light in the software tracking of timber assets, to produce the Provenance project. One of Helveta’s initiatives involves training the native pygmy tribe of the Baka in Cameroon in the use of data monitoring software to produce data maps of logging activities in the Baka’s forest. These efforts aid in protecting their natural resources from the conflict timber threat and thus ensuring the indigenous communities’ livelihood.
Provenance aims to establish a link between these communities and the western world via the globally common concern of honey bees. Provenance designs flat pack bee hives, manufactured from legally felled Cameroon timber, which are twinned with the Baka tribe and their beehives via Helveta’s asset monitoring software. These twinned hives connect communities and offer a chance for shared regional awareness about the importance of purchasing legally felled hardwood timber.