New material

The project consisted of experimentation and development to create a new material or a new entity of material from the plant species Arundo donax. This plant is an invasive species in much of the Mediterranean basin and other countries of the word; therefore, it is detrimental to native ecosystems and their flora and fauna. The intention of this project has been to use a common material with few productive uses which results in the reduction of the species and in the improvement of our ecosystems.

The work process itself was very methodical, always favoring the use of material with very low environmental impact, as well as supporting the local economy and employment of artisans and small businesses.

The experiment consisted of three steps applying a similar test-error. First, the cane was transformed in different ways. Second, with each of the results obtained from the first step, I applied multiple processes and supplied the characteristics of different materials to make a second change. Lastly, the samples were finalized and prepared for further testing.

The adaptations of different samples or variants of the new material were endless. This process of experimentation made it possible to produce many results from a single-source element. Of course, not all the results were positive, many samples had minimum properties necessary to be functional. Also, during the experiment I let myself be guided by positive results to see where it would lead me. I achieved the best samples from a combination of cane dust and shaving, and rice and corn bio resin that I produced myself.

The new material developed from cane and bio resines was very strong and malleable as well as easier and cheaper to produce. From there, I tested the new material by creating a series of objects. The possibilities for this new material are endless in terms of their formal and structural applications. All of this while keeping production costs low.


June 2016