ABOUT THE PROJECT
Our first year at Berghs studying "Communication Design" ended with a final design exhibition at Designgalleriet in Stockholm. The challenge was to concept, create and produce our own exhibition – all within three weeks. This was a collaboration with Visit Sweden where made our personal interpretations of the future of Swedish design. We called it #TOMORROWNIGHTINSWEDEN.
15 years ago we wouldn't imagine that we today would wear clothes made out of PET-bottles or plastic from the ocean... But the technique today makes that possible and plastic has suddenly become a sustainable material to create amazing and beautiful fabrics. So what will we be able to do in 15 years from now? What is unthinkable as a material to wear as clothes and accessories?
Sweden is known for its nature and paper is a major resource for us. What if we could make paper wearable in the future?
This idea struck me and I was determined to make a bag out of paper that would look like leather. The result is what you see below.
Paper from Papyrus
To achieve a "leathery" look I carefully wet the paper and then slowly creased the paper in different directions in my hands to make it more endurable.
When the paper had got the look I was going for I cut out the 4 main pieces, left - right - bottom/sides - top. I then stitched it together by hand with a waxed cotton thread.
For the exhibition we also worked together with Dreamquest.
Our challenge was to make a print for large format on plexi, sheet metal or wood.
Since I was already working on the "illusion" of paper I wanted to take this one step further and therefor NOT use wood (too predictable). I chose to design a print of year rings and print it on plexi.