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MaDe Participant

Mala Siamptani

Corny matter

Mala Siamptani is a design practitioner with an extensive experience in the research, development and delivery of successful creative projects in Fashion, Design and Art sector. After obtaining two Masters degrees and currently conducting a PhD research, Mala runs her studio in east London specializing in the design and manufacture of products and sculptural objects. Mala has designed and manufactured jewellery and object collections which have been exhibited in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany and the UK. Following extensive material research, Mala’s work attempts to connect traditional craft with digital technology. This is evident through her work in education, where she has been providing up-to-date knowledge, expertise and experience of professional
practice in a specic 3D/Jewellery specialist subject area. Mala delivers workshops and presentations on experimental processes and the future of material culture. She has recently presented her research projects at the Global fashion Conference (UK), the Creativity Researchers Conference and the 1st World Symposium for Fashion, Jewellery and accessories (Shanghai). With her design work and research, Mala demonstrates both the use and need for material research and its acknowledgment of experiential knowledge to advance craft thinking and practice. Through her work in education she sees it as her role to pass this message on to the new generation of designers/craftsmen.

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Material Qualities
Color: Brown.
Soft / hard: Hard:
Shiny / matt: Matt.
Smells: Coffee.
Texture: Settle texture.
Others: Soft to the touch.
Material Recipe
40g cornour.
40g coee waste.
10g glyserol.
30g water.
5g clay.
10g white vinegar.

- We first collect the waste from local businesses.
- Dilute clay in 10g water.
- Weight all materials.
- Then mix all the ingredients in a pot and slowly simmer all together until we have a butter/paste like consistency.
- We stir the material for 5-6 min then apply it in a silicone mould and let try overnight.
Material Application
Firstly I would say jewellery, since that is my eld of interest. We could make table ware and kitchen utensils with this material, flower pots, tiles and perhaps sculptures.
Material Narrative
The material comes from coffee waste. As a person living in a metropolis like London, I drink minimum 4 coffees from my local coffee place, which got me looking into the waste street of the beans. According to ‘recycling magazine’ over the course of a year, the UK produces up to 500,000 tonnes of coffee ground waste which is sent to land. Thus I started collecting coffee waste from local businesses to see the potential of conversing in into a piece of new material and later on a piece of jewellery.
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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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