Clara Vankerschaver werkt in het kader van haar doctoraatsonderzoek 'Textile as a vessel for tacit knowledge' samen met Atelier Luma in Arles en de Camargue (Frankrijk). Ze onderzoekt er samen met lokale ambachtslui en experts hoe de verwerking van riet op een duurzame wijze kan ingezet worden. Eind mei werd het project gepresenteerd tijdens de LUMA Days.
"Thriving in the marshes of the Camargue, reed – called sagne, in local French – is a wild plant with a long-standing tradition of winter harvest. It is used in a variety of ways, woven and patched together to thatch roofs, make fences and blinds that shield from the sun, the wind and the rain. The Reed Textile project recognizes the genuine potential of this raw material for further development. The rooted knowledge and methods of local craftsmen structure this research, which addresses the timely relevance and innovative ability of this traditional practice.
Promoting material and technical research, the project aims to develop variations and new takes on what has been produced locally so far, respecting the seasonality of harvest and the natural plant cycle. Following the logic of this process, a consequent choice is made to use only plant-based materials sourced locally as much as possible. Stacking, folding, binding, curling, twisting, cutting, hanging, and rolling the reeds will lead to a range of functional and temporary products to be used at atelier LUMA, both in- and outdoors."
Over de LUMA days en het Atelier LUMA Open House:
LUMA days is a public engagement platform of atelier LUMA and the LUMA Foundation. Located at the intersection of art, design, technology, activism and ecology, LUMA days acts as a mediator between local and global. The LUMA days draw credible and sustainable scenarios thanks to the implementation of creative and collaborative processes.