• From Insects, Marlène Huissoud. Photo : studio Marlène Huissoud
  • From Insects, Marlène Huissoud. Photo : studio Marlène Huissoud
  • From Insects, Marlène Huissoud. Photo : studio Marlène Huissoud
  • From Insects, Marlène Huissoud. Photo : studio Marlène Huissoud
  • From Insects, Marlène Huissoud. Photo : studio Marlène Huissoud
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Marlène Huissoud
France
From insects

This project is first of all a reflection on materials, relying upon
a collaboration between humans and animals. Marlène Huissoud grew up amongst a family of beekeepers. This context kindled her curiosity for productions created by insects, and incited her to transfer it into other uses.
These vases are the product of experimentations with propolis, which functions as a sustainable organic material. This resinous matter collected
by bees is the product of a skilful and variable combination whose hues reflect the state of the geographic zone it is harvested from. Following a heating step and decanting to purify it, it may be worked like glass when it is heated to 100 °C, but more slowly. It is hand blown then solidifies as it cools.
The designer then applies and engraves each pattern by hand, deforming the material with the help of a hot air gun in order to create its final shape.
The result reflects the complexity of forms designed by bees; it highlights
the beauty of this fragile equilibrium. The time frame required for production, harvesting and transforming the material is an essential component of the designer’s practice. It highlights the precocity of natural resources and awakens an ecological consciousness of the equilibrium of the living. Marlène Huissoud also works with a biocomposite material consisting of threads and sericin from silkworm cocoons.

Text — Magalie Guérin