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MaDe Participant

Barbara Drozdek

Felt-ed hemp

I am a designer/researcher experimenting with new material and weaving new digital fabrication technologies and traditional crafts techniques. I graduated from the master program in Design for Emer- gent Futures in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) Barcelona, Spain and Industrial Design department in School of Form PoznaƄ, Poland with an interdisciplinary exchange program in Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Material Qualities
Natural color of the material (beige), soft shiny, mate, smells, like natural soap, texture compacted
Material Recipe
Short hemp fibers come from waste of thread/ textiles production, natural soap and water
Material Application
This process is similar to the wool wet felting process. Sound absorbing wall panels, filling furniture instead of synthetic foams, textile, modules divides the space, furniture,...
Material Method
The hemp fibres belong to the vegetable group of materials, is biodegradable and have absorbed and storage more CO2 from the atmosphere than is consumed during production. After use during the biodegradation process, it goes through the carbonation in soil. It is a long-term process but has a positive impact on the environment. It is 0 kilometres of waste material from local textile production.
Material Narrative
Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants. It has strong long fibres and typically you can find in the northern hemisphere. It belongs to bast fibres group and is one of the first plants to be spun into usable fibre. The industrial application is in: clothing, shoes, rope, nets, carpet, paper, building materials. Because of the last application, I decided to start working with it. The fibres that I used come from the textile factory in the north of Barcelona. Barcelona has a strong and long tradition in the textile industry. But at the same time living in this city is getting onerous because of tourists, air pollution, and what is most noticeable in Barcelona noise. In my process I used the waste from the textile production in my case 0 kilometres materials to make a sound absorbing panel to make a space to conversation and tackle the problem of noise in a city where I live.
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MaDe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union, aims at boosting talents towards circular economies across Europe partnering with design and cultural institutions, Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Politecnico di Milano.

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