trade union by earnest studio

'trade union' by rachel griffin of earnest studio uses the starch-based plastic solanyl as a link between mass production and handcraft. 
the plastic - which is industrially made, but naturally biodegradable - is mechanically extruded into simple profiles. 
these are then used to craft a family of woven vessels using traditional basketry methods. revisiting historical conventions
using an industrially produced 'natural' material, suggests a new relationship between industry and craft; a marriage of chemistry 
and traditional knowledge that allows for a more flexible system of making and design. dutch company meldon plastics 
and dutch basket maker esmé hofman act as collaborators, bringing their skills and expertise to the project.

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