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MaDe Participant
Name

Sonia Maria Jaśkiewicz

Material
Hēliohusk
Nationality
Polish
Classification
Vegetable
Workshop
Barcelona
Category
Industry
Profile

Sonia Jaśkiewicz is a Polish designer, born in 1992. She graduated from Industrial Design faculty at School of Form in Poznań, Poland. She completed an internship at Studio Marlène Huissoud and worked on the international project Precious Plastic in Eindhoven. Her projects have been awarded in competitions such as Make me! and Blue Drop as well as presented as part of Gdynia Design Days, Arena Design, Dutch Design Week, Raw Assembly in Sydney and Beijing Design Week.

Sonia is particularly interested in exploration of new uses for unusual materials and the whole experimental process leading to consideration of the good of the environment. In her works she is mainly interested in creating objects and materials from local waste.

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Project Information
Material Qualities
Color: Multicolor.
Soft / hard: Both options possible.
Shiny / matt: Both options possible.
Smells: Odorless.
Texture: Rough to smoth.
Others: The final recipe let me create different qualities due to changement of proportion.
Material Recipe
- Collect waste from a local factory or a eld.
- Grind raw material (if needed).
- Add gelatine, vinegar and water into a pot.
- Cook over medium heat.
- Add raw material.
- Stir ingredients (try not to froth it).
- Pour the liquid into a wooden frame on a smooth non stick surface.
- Drying process.
Material Application
- An alternative to wood chips in creation of particleboards.
- Thermal insulation.
- Packaging.
- Eco leather.
- Interior design.
Material Narrative
Sunflower is widely cultivated all over the world and used mainly for oil production. However, sunflower stem is a serious problem for farmers - usually it is burned or used for heating purposes, which is causing serious problems to the environment. Each hectare of sunflower can produce 3-7 tons dry biomass. By-products of oil production like sunflower husks and press cake also do not have a real application in the industry. They consist of approximately 40% of lignocellulose bers, which means it could be used without any additives to make biodegradable and cheap materials.

Because of the local availability and huge amount of the raw materials at once I have decided to work with sunflower’s waste. I was experimenting with lots of receipes and tools to get to know the raw materials and its features. The final receipe let me create different qualities due to change of proportion.
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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. If you are living in Italy, the UK or Spain please apply to the MaDe workshops in the relevant cities.

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