Cut the leaves, cut, cut, cut and just cut them
Then twist those leaves, twist, twist and keep twisting
And then, fold, fold, fold, continue folding
Finally put it, push it, pull it, place it, make it arrange it, mix it…
Azuma’s practice investigates and attenuates the limits of the life cycle, while also asking in what other contexts can and should the botanical sculptures appear. Suspending the living natural object within the rigid, but open box. Makoto sets up a metaphor for how he sees our relationship to the natural world- an incomplete attempt to grasp at the seeming eternity.
Azuma God beyond, and celebrates the eventual demise of the flora he sculpts. Not a warning, his creations are a celebration of the passage of time.
words and art by Azuma Makoto
Made by Forest is a project based on the concept of imprinting the forest atmosphere into elements of contemporary product and graphic design.
‘The Woods Smell of Shampoo’
“The Woods Smell of Shampoo”is the name of Koert van Mensvoort´s TV
documentary. In the documentary, the Dutch scientist and artist deals
with the relationship between reality and impresion, between reality and reality mediated by the media.
While for the last ten thousand years, people have perceived nature in more or less unchanged way, now we can set foot into the woods with a feeling similar to that of Mensvoort´s little daughter who felt the familiar scent of pine shampoo.
Are we that much influenced by media? Can a TV shot or ad comprehend our notion of what a tree looks and smells like? Which of the things in our daily life are still authentic? This question, as part of one thing and defense of the other, but rather a neutral reflection on man and his attitude to the forest in a collection of objects and graphics on the theme of the interconnection of civilization and nature.
Words and photography by Vyrobeno Lesem
RÄTHEL & WOLF is a creative team with a portfolio of experimental work around the body. We are interested in new ways of wearing jewellery, exploring gender roles and adorning unusual body parts.
Sari Rathel says “I am a jewellery designer, exploring the body, physically and intellectually, through adornments, objects and collages. I love working collaboratively with other artists and designers from different fields such as fashion and architecture and I am always keen to expand the mediums I works in.
I have recently finished my Master of Art in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art in London and won the Best Work In Jewellery Award by Theo Fennel and the ITS Jewellery Award with my degree collection.”
Giria – a collection of bowls and plates balancing between tactility, shape and color.
The project is aimed to pass the sensations of the forest through the dishes, to establish a connection between the user and the object. This process is an allusion into the urban person`s connection with the nature.
Tree dishes are the result of an experimental process by which I wanted to show how materials, which are destined to become waste – tree bark and leaves – can be transformed into sustainable design through the traditional crafts. The transformation process is the rebirth of a tree into new objects – dishes.
Tempt me, entertains the idea of preparing healthy handfuls in advance of purchasing decisions. Navigating temptations in the cafe environment inspired the development of a food wallet. The object from a viewerís perspective appears as a minimal corporate accessory, but for the user, the prevalence of tactile feedback nudges the Corporate CafÈ Creature to purchase the coffee not the cupcake. By providing a space for healthy snacks, the concept aims to trigger her to prepare as oppose to purchase.