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MaDe Participant

Elodie Michaud

Material 1: Waste and sea (mussle shell) Material 2: Waste and sea (St Jacques shell)

Elodie Michaud, born in 1991, practices surface, materials and textile design in hors-studio, a design studio co-founded with Rebecca Fezard in 2016.

While drawing in ornamentation’s code and sampling in the matter, hors-studio proposes a true collective manifesto where craft, new technologies, and tailor-made creation get along with contemporary design.

Influenced by the excellence of past centuries’ graphic culture, Elodie and Rebecca question our decorative heritage and highlight it.

Graduated in 2016 in textile design and innovation from The National School of Applied Arts in Paris, Elodie begins her professional career within sensory materials library (MAT & SENS) wih a unique global classification.

She develops innovative projects partnering especially with fab labs.

After meeting Rebecca in a handicraft workshop that combines cutting edge tools and ancestral know-how, they associate themselves and initiate a common artistic process

Their surfaces and materials design practice questions the fields of a singular decorative language.

Focusing particularly on the choice, treatment, and finishing of the materials, they work in a transversal way between design, fashion, lifestyle, graphic design, and interior design.

Hors-studio has notably exhibited at the Paris Biennale Emergence in 2016, in Ateliers de Paris and Design Week in 2017, and at The International Design Biennale of Saint-Etienne.

From July 2018 to March 2019, in residency at the Sensory Design Center of Tours, hors-studio conducts research work about the valorization of industrial and craft production wastes.

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Material Qualities
Both materials:
Color: Light beige.
Soft / hard: Hard.
Shiny / matt: Matt.
Smells: Sea.
Texture: Rough.
Material Recipe
Glycerol 6 g.
Water 120 ml.
Gelatine 15 g.
4 soup spoon of midle granulometrie of crushed mussle.

Pour in two times into a textured mold:
- Put the crushed sea shell powder first.
- Add the liquid mixing into the mold.
- Put the preparation to one side and let it dry for a day.

1 -Wash the sea shells mussel.
2- Dry them.
3- Crush the sea shells.
4- Sift them.
5- Put the half of crushed mussel at the bottom of the mold.
6- Mix the preparation with the other half powder.
7- Put all the mixing in a mold.
8- Remove the material formed from the mold.

Material 2:
Glycerol 6 g.
Water 120 ml.
Gelatine 15 g.
4 soup spoon of St Jacques.

Pour in two times into a textured mold:
- Mix the most concentrated part of the sea shell powder first.
- Add the liquid mixing into the mold.
- Put the preparation to one side and let it dry for a day.

Same actions for the material 2.

Material Application
Both materials: Our material could be applied as a content for packaging. For example cosmetic packaging, where hight aesthetic value are expected. It could be a great idea for lipsticks because it is a product that only last for 1 Single use dish could be also possible with this material in luxury restaurants with creative food. The wide possibilities offered by this material allow us to apply it to wall decoration and architecture as well.
Material Method
Both materials: The positive aspect of using this material is that you don’t produce any kind of waste. If you let the sea shell go back to the sea, consequently you don’t have a high footprint - remains only the footprint of the production of the new material made. The only thing you can take into account is: transportation of the waste, washing - crushing - cooking. If for any reason you don’t throw it back to the sea, the material is entirely recyclable. You just have to submerge into the water and collect the sea shell crush that remains in the sink.
Material Narrative
Both materials: First, we decided to work with shells and sea shells, because restaurants produce a lot of sea wastes. Making materials with crushed sea shell and bio plastic is interesting because we can flow it back in the sea after using it as it will dissolve back to its natural way. Sea shells are very important in biodiversity because it is what sand is made out of. The final result really depends on the concentration of sea shell crush in the recipe. This material has a mineral aspect and the hardness of the shell. We found it interesting to work with because it is possible to mold it to any choice of conveniences and patterns.
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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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