The inspiration is rooted in simple and functional forms and the appreciation of materials and construction methods bringing to each task a contemporary aesthetic with a bold ethnic content. This cultural emphasis is based on a research I conducted after a year of fieldwork with indigenous communities throughout the Colombian territory. This resulted in the publication of the book "Principles of Indigenous Design" and I have been applying those design fundamentals to my pieces ever since.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Canoe is a cat bed made out of fique, a natural fiber still spun by hand and then knitted into an exceptional fabric made by artisans from a Colombian rural region.
The shape that hosts the cat is the result of gracefully folding and securing the opposite sides of the fabric with leather cords intertwined forming x shaped stitches.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Cats love fique. Just leave Canoe on the floor or above the sofa and the cat will jump inside. Just as simple as that.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started during the spring of 2015 in the Santader Region, Colombia and finished in the Miami Ft. Lauderdale area in August 2015.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The hand knitted textile is made out of fique, other materials used are: leather cords, hand woven mini balls, beach stones, metallic rattle and felt balls.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 650 mm x Depth 360 mm x Height 80 mm
cat, bed, fique, natural, textile, pet, fiber, design, toy, ethnic,
The project started as a personal interest regarding the exaltation of our traditions though artifacts. The goal now is to empower artisans through design and help them to remain on the market with innovative products throughout a creative design process driven by cultural exchange; maintaining their authentic woven patterns but giving new ideas and concepts.
At the beginning of the project there were doubts regarding fique exportation laws. On 07/15/15 the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture certified the fique cultivation. Also German ecofriendly dye colors are used so there are not pollution issues regarding coloring the fique fibers. Also, managing the width restrictions of the knitted textile was a challenge during the conceptualization.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: Paula Gomez Serrano and Artisans: Curití region knitters and weavers
Image #1: Photographer Mario Galindo, 2015
Image #2: Kuatro, 2015
Image #3: Kuatro, 2015
Image #4: Photographer Mario Galindo, 2015
Image #5: Kuatro, 2015