Studio projects span a range of technologies and materials. While many projects are opportunistic or discovery-driven explorations, the studio has sustained an interest in composites as starting material, as a philosophy of construction, and as a material system with the potential to respond productively to ethical concerns in the materially-designed world.
The studio has also investigated bast and hurd hemp composites and composites centering on food and industrial beverage production waste. And in work with composite pre-forms, the studio has worked with linen.
Knitted Stool was presented at the Linen Biennale Northern Ireland, Lisburn, Northern Ireland (UK), October 3-4, 2018. The talk featured an ongoing investigation into the forms and fabrication of domestic objects ultimately destined for landfill, and contributed to a broader narrative of inquiry into ideal sustainable practices that acknowledge and respond to local and global material ecologies.
The talk and underlying fabrication approach championed the value of adopting an active, experimental mindset, and contributed to the third theme of the biennale: "To communicate the value of textiles, eroded through globalisation, through the recognition of linen/flax fibre as a relatively sustainable material. And to emphasise the ethos of a ‘slower’ more responsible approach to the development of value-added product to include new flax fibre applications such as composite materials."
Valerie Wilson, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Sylvie de Coster: Conservator Texture Flax Museum Coutrai/Kortrijk who is Celebrating the Past, Present & Future of Flax
Mary Mullin, Trustee: Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation & Chairman of Sir Misha Black Awards for Distinguished Services to Design Ed. Talking about Longevity of Design
Mario Sierra of Mourne Textiles in conversation with Fiona McKelvie
Patricia Belford of University of Ulster sharing Linen Lace Liddell: archives and her research informing practice.
Chris McCreery, NI Science Festival
Gill Gledhill: UK & Ireland strategic partner, the European Confederation of Flax & Hemp, CELC. Speaking on Design-led Fibre / Materials Promotion: The CELC’s “I Love Linen Campaign”
Malgorzata Zimniewska: Institute of Natural Fibres & Medicinal Plants, Poznan sharing the Flax ‘Story’: A truly European Fibre
Adrien Landry, Montreal on Establishing the Canadian Linen Biennale
Tara St. James, PRATT Institute: S Lab (Sustainable Textile Lab)
Christien Meindertsma, Netherlands sharing her Design Process: From Flax seed to product
Elkes van Veghel: Head of the Museum Department, Textiel Museum, Tilburg on Collaborative Textile-led Design Innovation
Stijin Roodnat: Label / Breed, (Studio) Amsterdam sharing Design-led Interventions in Industry
Lisa Bloomer: Chelsea School of Art, Fashioned from Nature: Collaboration with CELC
Tim Parry-Williams: Course Leader MA Design, Bath Spa University presents “Too nice to use’? – Beautility – Refashioning interior textile aesthetics”
Brian Anderson: Asst. Prof. Ind. Design, Uni Illinois, Extraordinary Ordinary: New 3D Composites
Dilip Tambyrajah, Netherlands on Crossing Boundaries: Shared Language
Gareth Davies: Composites Evolution (UK) sharing New flax materials process & applications
Kevin Hendrickx (CELC, Paris) explains Flax Composite Innovation