Department of Seaweed: Living Archive, 2018-ongoing
It was designed by Julia Lohmann, Violaine Buet and Jon Lister. It is dated 2018-ongoing. Its medium is mask, sculpture, knit top, woven textile, seaweed samples, vessels, video.
Julia Lohmann founded the Department of Seaweed in 2013, which brings together experts in design, science, and craft to experiment with the fabrication processes and material properties of seaweed. For the mask and sculpture, Lohmann stretched seaweed and combined it with rattan and aluminum rings for structural support. The woven textile and knit top by designer Violaine Buet demonstrate knitting and fringe techniques on sugar kelp. The process samples on the table show further experiments with seaweed such as lamination, pleating, gold-plating, laser cutting, dying, or embroidery, as well as combinations of seaweed with mohair, cotton thread or lurex yarn. The Department of Seaweed elevates the humble material to reshape our thinking about its possibilities.
It is credited
Courtesy of Julia Lohmann, Violaine Buet, and Jon Lister.
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.