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MaDe Participant

Ioana Lupascu

Compostable Jewerlery

Ioana Lupascu is a London-based artist and designer curious about the relationship between the built environment and human interaction. Part of Walala Studio, as well as an ongoing collaborator of architecture, design and new media studios; design fairs and brand innovation consultancies such as Sam Jacob Studio, Hirsch and Mann, London Design Fair and Praline. Ioana runs speed dating nights, mentors young people, and travels to far flung places. Her current work spans a diversity of media but always seeks to translate places of togetherness into objects, installations and exhibitions.

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Material Qualities
mixed colours, soft and hard, mate and dependent on the ingredients mixed can take differetn shapes and textures
Material Recipe
Flour, salt, water,colourant. Potato starch, salt water. Tea, chili, turmeric.
Depending of the type of jewelery, it can be very basic. The simplest form of the social object can have 3 steps. The more complex ones can be up to 15 steps.
1. Make home made clay by mixing cold water, salt, flour and food colourant. 2. Create a ring base by shaping the clay into a new shape. 3. Leave material to dry in the sun.
4. Mix hot water and salt in a pan. 5. Add potato starch to the mix. 6. Create a ball shape and leave to dry. 7. Break pieces of the material and mix with other elements (like tea, turmeric, chili)
Combine Use compostable string, like a garden string, or hemp string to tie the two elements together.
Wear with pride!

Material Application
As our focus as a society has shifted to an unsustainable form of consumerism after The Great Depression, it is incredibly important now to open the conversation around what gives an object value. If the nature of the object is to be by definition temporary, why shouldn’t it be modular and allow for easy upgrade. Why shouldn't it be fully compostable. Like a vase that can be composted with the flowers it holds.
I wanted to work with ingredients easily found around the house and create temporary materials that can be composted. Focusing on the social exchange materials can create between people, I decided to concentrate my time on developing compostable jewellery from household ingredients.
The conversation and process is less about the composition of a new material, but instead directs the attention to the transient nature of materials in general. We should ask ourselves: what is the impact of making something new from non-renewable resources? What is precious in the face of climate change and environmental disaster?
My intention is to use flour, starch, tea, salt to develop relationships between people and materials, between the beauty of the temporary and non-polluting practices to the earth. The end result is open, no wrong mix can happen, the goal is the conversation, the materials become the facilitators.
Material Method
My process is more similar the the Craft movement and wabi-sabi philosophy were the end result is not the ultimate goal and, differences uniqueness are celebrated.
Material Narrative
The project, compostable jewellery is a social experiment that tackles preexisting ideas about the role of materials and at the same time celebrates the ephemeral. The materials used to make the pieces want to challenge the overarching social agreement that what is deemed precious as a material must also be long-lasting. Using flour, starch, tea, salt, instead of non-renewable materials, we can celebrate the temporary nature of objects.
The ingredients used can be the waste from a social gathering.
Material Classification
Jewelry, wearable eating containers, social objects art sculpture, interactive objects.
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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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