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Rebecca Fezard

Material 1: Carton sea Material 2: Skin stone

Rebecca Fezard, born in 1985, practices surface, materials and textile design in hors-studio, a design studio co-founded with Elodie Michaud 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 2010 in textile and surface design from The National School of Fine Arts in Lyon, Rebecca worked from 2010 to 2016 at Atelier d’Offard, one of the world’s last four manufacturies of hand-blocked wallpaper which works essentially for historical monuments. In charge of art direction, she develops contemporary creation and collaborations with artists and designers.  

Elodie and Rebecca meet each other in this handicraft workshop that combines cutting edge tools and ancestral know-how. 

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.

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Material Qualities
Material 1:
Color: Neutral / beige.
Soft / hard: Hard.
Shiny / matt: Matt.
Smells: Sea.
Texture: Smooth.

Material 2:
Color: Neutral / beige with natural leather / pastel with colored leather.
Soft / hard: Hard.
Shiny / mate: Mate.
Smells: Lino oil and leather.
Texture: Smooth.
Others: If you dive it in the water after the drying process, the material become flexible again and you can give it a shape .
Material Recipe
Material 1:
10g byssal (the thread that allows the mussel to cling to the rock.
50g rabbit sking glue.
100g oyster shell powder.
100g shalk.
20g lino oil.

- Blend byssal and glue.
- Add 50g of oyster shell powder and blend.
- Add 50g of shalk and blend.
- Mix by hand to optain a homogeneous texture.
- Add lino oil and blend.
-Add 50g of shalk and 50g of oyster shell powder.
- Blend by hand to obtain a paste.
- Roll out the paste.
- Let dry.

Material 2:
10g leather powder.
50g rabbit sking glue.
300g shalk.
30g lino oil.

- Blend leather and glue.
- Add 200g of shalk.
- Mix by hand to optain a homogeneous texture.
- Add lino oil and blend.
- Add 100g of shalk.
- Blend by hand to optain a paste.
- Roll out the paste.
- Take a shape or imprint.
- Let dry untill fully cured.
Material Application
Material 1:
We can use the "Carton sea" in interior design and decorative element. Probably like a technical fabric, or for cosmetic packaging.

Material 2:
We can use the "Skin Stone" in interior design for decorative elements (trin, ornament...). With texture and pattern imprint, it will be a good wall covering. In its most raw aspect, it a can be a thermal insolator or accoustic pannels. And finally you can use this material in product design.
Material Narrative
This material is made with the production waste of seafood agriculture and waste food. "Carton sea" is composed of two types of sea waste, first from the agriculture and then from the consumer. It's interesting to work with this kind of material, because restaurants produce a lot of sea waste, and sea agriculture as well. Inspired by an old handicraft recipe ("cardboard stone" made from paper waste and shalk), the "carton sea" transform the sea waste in a durable material.

In my recipe, for fiber input, I replace the paper by the byssal (the thread that allows the mussel to cling to the rock) and the shalk by the oyster shell powder. This material has a mineral aspect and a flexibility thanks to the byssal.

Material 2:
his material is made with the production waste of luxury industry leather good.
Inspired by an old handicraft recipe ("cardboard stone" made from paper waste) the "skin stone" gives a second life to this waste. The fashion industry is the second most polluting in the world. By creating this type of sustainable material ( which can be used in interior design for example ), companies could reduce their volume of production waste. This new material is interesting because it transforms the animal skin into a moldable matter which takes the appearance of the stone after drying.
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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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