Ian Berry has been gathering old denim after clearing out his childhood bedroom after university and appreciating the various shades of the material for the first time.
He uses shade variations within the used jeans and partners high contrast shades to give his work a photorealist quality, something you would never expect possible given the matte quality of the material.
Berry’s work has included portraits of everyone from Debbie Harry to Eunice Olumide (currently showing at Clerkenwell London until 23rd March), as well as full-size installations such as this roadside newsagents.
Berry often creates melancholic urban scenes, reflecting on the lonely and less glamorous side of city living. He believes that denim is now such an urban fabric, there is no better medium to capture everyday city life.
Alusid began as a research project by the University of Central Lancashire, which aimed to create useful materials for indoor and outdoor surfaces from recycled materials, with a zero waste manufacturing process.
Their beautiful surfaces and furniture are made from at least 96% recycled materials including glass, ceramics and other mineral additives. They use no chemical or resin binders and when their products reach the end of their natural life ALUSID can reuse them to manufacture new surfaces.
ALUSID have also created SilicaStone which consists of fused, recycled glass and ceramics and aims to be an alternative to natural stone products.
Pine trees are the world’s main source of timber, with 600million trees cut down in the EU alone each year. But, although timber is the main component of the tree, pine needles equate to 20-30% of a tree’s mass.
Tamara Orjola takes these left over pine needles and uses standard manufacturing techniques such as crushing, soaking, steaming, carding, binding and pressing to turn them into textiles, composites and paper, as well as extracting essential oil and dye.
Orjola then uses this material to create her forest wool which she uses to craft stools and carpets in the pine needles natural tones and modernist shapes.
Fernando Laposse uses native Mexican corn husks as surfacing veneer to make tiling and marquetry for applications in furniture and architecture.
Due to global demands for corn and the rise of GM crops, native Mexican corn crops are in decline.
Laposse has partnered with two communities in south west Mexico to create an economic incentive to continue planting native corn varieties, as well as raise awareness of the loss of traditional farming lands and practices, as well as growing dependence on chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
Raw Material are using waste from marble quarrying to create their beautiful furniture and assemblage studies.
During the marble quarrying process, marble dust is created which Raw Material have gathered and compressed to create a more solid, pliable material.
Photo credit: Diner, Ian Berry