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overview Tucumã collection - picture by Birgit Sterckx

Tucumã,

a collection of sculptural baskets, lampshades and vases, reusing discarded ropes from a vineyard - plastics in motion. As if frozen in time, the permanence and static state of the plastic sculptures intent to immortalize the flowing lines and dynamics of nature.

Each piece got built up patiently, applying traditional basket weaving techniques - twining and wrapped twining - learned with local basket weavers in Amazônia, Brazil. The collection embodies Amazônia, its lush shapes and rich cultural heritage, its motion, its emotion.

© Birgit Sterckx

Tucumã collection - lampshade - picture by Birgit Sterckx

Tucumã is the name of a small river community along the Rio Arapiuns in Pará, a special place deep in the jungle and close to my heart. It’s named after the tucumã palm tree and its oily, orange fruit. The artisans of the village use its palm leaves for their traditional basket weaving, a technique I’ve learned with them and applied on discarded ropes to create this Tucumã collection.

Tucumã collection - vase - picture by Birgit Sterckx
Tucumã collection - lampshade - picture by Birgit Sterckx
Tucumã collection - vase - picture by Birgit Sterckx
Tucumã collection - vase - picture by Birgit Sterckx
Tucumã collection - lampshade - picture by Birgit Sterckx
Entwining Nature

© Emilie Terrier

Entwining Nature,

an exploration of how we can understand, interpret, collaborate with, be inspired by and conversate with nature. Locally available natural fibers were collected, dried and transformed into new shapes.

 

Entwining Nature seeks value in the process of making. Time seems to slow down as we surrender ourselves to nature’s rhythm. Set in this Algarvian landscape, the sun, the wind and the occasional rain take the lead and orchestrate the harvesting and drying process with their heat, their airflow and their humidity. As if it was a choreography of the hands, the repetitive movements of joining, twisting and braiding increase the strength of the collected fibers. Next comes the patient weaving, coiling, sewing, knotting until - slowly - shapes and objects appear.

 

Entwine yourself with nature and let its botanical poetry become tangible.

Entwining Nature
Entwining Nature
Entwining Nature
Entwining Nature
Entwining Nature
Entwining Nature
Entwining Nature
Entwining Nature
Coral collection - vase - picture by randwerk

Coral,

a collection of coral shaped vases, using ghost gear -- abandoned, lost or discarded fishing ropes and nets that pollute the oceans - and waste materials from fishermen/harbors along the Costa Vicentina.

After washing and untangling the ropes, the coral shapes are built up by patiently playing and experimenting with a wicker weaving technique.

© randwerk

Coral collection - vase - picture by randwerk
Coral collection - vase - picture by randwerk
Coral collection - vase - picture by randwerk
Empreita de palma - basket

Empreita de palma,

a traditional basket weaving technique from the Algarve, using the palm leaves of the native Chamaerops humilis, handpicked and dried in the heat of the Portuguese sun.

Empreita de palma - basket detail

Commissioned work,

Wall hanging
Wall hanging

Wall hanging. Mix of discarded ropes from fisheries and agriculture, discarded electric wire and esparto grass. Combination of various traditional basket weaving techniques such as twining, wrapped twining and coiling.

Diameter 2m, height 1,50m.

Wall hanging - detail
Wall hanging - detail
Lampshade

Lampshade made of handpicked and dried esparto and discarded, untangled fishing rope.

Diameter 2m.

Lampshade
Wall hanging + Lampshade
Wall hanging + Lampshade
Basket

Coiled basket made of esparto grass

and discarded fishing rope.

Diameter 45cm, height 20cm.

Basket
Basket

Coiled basket made of esparto grass

and discarded agricultural rope.

100cm x 35cm x 25cm

Basket
Basket
Basket
Basket
Skylight

A piece made of raffia to filter the warm summer sunrays. Diameter 180 cm.

Skylight
Skylight
Skylight
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