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Conversing with Matter
2020–2021
MA graduation project
Design Academy Eindhoven
The ongoing industrial need for more clay is exhausting natural resources, and damaging the environment. This design research project explores extractive stories of clays, working with polluted river clay, and using the stigmatised material of asbestos as a filler in order to lessen the amount of mined clay needed. Once treated and fibre-free, asbestos is not dangerous, and also lends insulation and heat-resistant qualities to the clay.  The project’s dramatic findings are the result of a durational methodology that relied on the designer establishing conversations between materials and techniques, industry and craft, experts and institutions, scientific findings and cultural associations.
Gijs Bakker Award Nominee 2021

Realised in collaboration with sunday morning EKWC, Wetering, and the Ceramic Laboratory from Leiden University of Archaeology.

︎︎︎Design Academy Graduates page
︎︎︎Presskit GS21: Conversing with Matter
Quenched Asbestos
2020–2021
Insulating tiles & homewares
Asbetter Acids Rotterdam
Despite asbestos was banned in the 90s, still nowadays 30000 people contract asbestosis every year. Meanwhile, many developing countries still support its use.
The material research repurposes the safe byproduct of the treatment of asbestos as a clay body filler. On the one hand it recoups waste coming from an unwanted stigmatised material; on the other, it decreases the amount of mined clay used in paste. After the treatment, asbestos partly keeps its heat-resistancy, adding insulating properties to the clay.
Gijs Bakker Award nominee 2021

Realised with the support of Design Academy Eindhoven at sunday morning EKWC.
In collaboration with Asbetter Acids and Wetering.

︎︎︎Asbetter Acids
︎︎︎Het Financieele Dagblad article
︎︎︎Design Academy Graduates page
Nesting Bricks
2020
Unfired (Adobe) Bricks
DAE Biolab x Landpark Assisïe
Wild native bees, together with bumblebees, contribute to the 60% of the pollination. Way more than honey bees. They are especially important for the biodiversity of the land. The more the biodiversity, the less is the risk of drought, due to the enhanced richness of the soil.
Made of soil, wasted fibers and various local coatings, the bricks feature shapes and colours especially studied for the wild native bees of the Landpark Assisïe, located in the Haaren Municipality (NL). They represent an architectural module for situated interspecies coexistence.
Material research developed together with Carla Alcalà Badias.

Mentoring by Studio Klarenbeek & Droos, Basse Stittgen.