Submitted by: Yannis Dimoulis
Program: Industrial Design
Division: Fine Arts and Humanities
There’s no denying that we live in a throw-away society. We consume and dispose without a second thought. Rather than try to change our culture, we felt it was time to reevaluate the materials we use in the hopes of finding one that can keep up with us sustainably.
Three bags of hemp fibers and a bucket of natural latex - both biodegradable materials - were my starting points in this study. I spent much of the school year, from October to May, exploring the properties of both and examining how I might use them to my advantage.
The poster shows a series of vessels I made, each representing a different level of my understanding as I strove to reach the most efficient version. I tried different forms of hemp, different quantities of latex, and different curing times; allowing me to reach a point where I was in control of the materials, rather than the other way around.