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Traditional Baskets Woven From Biodegradable Plastics

Traditional Baskets Woven From Biodegradable Plastics
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Rachel Griffin showcased a line of plant-based handicrafts at Dutch Design Week.

Sam McNerney
  • 26 january 2012

Hand crafted materials and industrial produced goods typically do not go together. But designer Rachel Griffin is thinking outside of the box. Last week at Design Academy Eindhoven, as part of the Dutch Design Week, Griffin showcased what she has termed “Trade Union.” She used an industrially produced and starch-based plastic known as Solanyl to make a series of hand woven vessels. According to one website, Griffin explains that:

An industrially produced ‘natural’ material suggests a new relationship between industry and craft; a marriage of industrial chemistry and traditional knowledge that allows for a more flexible system of production and design.

Because Solanyl is naturally biodegradable and a mass produced material, Griffin is hoping that her project will illustrate that the gap between craft and industry does not have to be so wide. The photos below were taken from Griffin’s studio, Studio Earnest.

Image Credits: Design Indaba

Studio Earnest

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