Rachel Griffin showcased a line of plant-based handicrafts at Dutch Design Week.

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.

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