The works (in progress) I show here are parts of the research for my thesis in design pedagogy at Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. An other part of the research consists in workshops, as you can see in the book on the table.
Time, work, value, materiality. Influenced by the culture of recycling/ re-using in South Africa
Two persons, three months on another continent, trying to root a bit, construct a space, a nest.
Since day one I have collected all the waste Klara and I produce. The waste has become building materials for our temporary home. Metaphorically and physically.
An important part of my process working with our waste has been that of organizing, washing, classifying. When does materials become waste? And how can we turn them back to materials?
In contrast to Sweden a huge part of the recycling happens at a micro level here. Maybe these collectors and re-sellers are in the very space in between waste and material that I am looking for?
The liminal space Constant becoming
Fascinated especially by the informal cardboard collectors I decided to collaborate. I was lucky to meet Precious, Duncan and their son Sibusiso who are based in Newtown. During a week, they collected cardboard and brought it to me. Then they came and we built the table and the chairs together in my studio. When this show is over they will get the cardboard back and can thus sell it a second time. The state of furniture is a transition, a temporary state.