Natural Material Studio
Rituals in Discard - From a temporary decoration to
We are already well familiar with conifer wood but the on the trees are needles are often an overseen raw matter. Which is quite a shame as a conifer tree consists of up to 30 % needles.
Using this research as a starting motivation I began to explore the material potentials of discarded christmas tree after the festive season from my local area in Copenhagen.
The christmas tree industry has a loss of 30 % of the total harvest every year, as these trees do not live up to standards. With Denmark being one of the biggest producers and exporters of christmas trees in Europe with a yearly sale of 11 millions trees, we are still left with approx 4,7 millions trees mainly burned or discarded to give space for new seeds on the field.
Developing a new material from pine needles taps into the leftovers from the industry while introducing a novel material to the market. It turnes something, that was thought of as a temporary decoration, into a permenant installation.
The installation Rituals in Discard illustrates the experimental process and research of the material design with conifer needles. It aims to investigate the aesthical narrative as well as functional aspects of the fibre and raw matter.
Photos & curation by Natural Material Studio
By Bonnie Hvillum
Exploring the future of overseen matter
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