-Taking wool out of its context-


Kristina Baloghova Hroncekova  María Tamames  Lubomira Abrahamova


« Elementary design » investigates how wool can be given a new perspective through applying innovative design concepts to basic materials, traditional techniques or even classical folklore.
Taking inspiration from these objects and materials the project suggests how recycling can be used as a creative and conceptual thought process for developing new products, project initiatives and display systems. “Elementary design” focuses on innovation, experimentation, taking an element out of its context and creating added value.
Four scenarios were created within the project:
Transformation. Dipping a hand-made woolen object in porcelain clay, then firing it in a kiln transforms the material qualities of wool into a rigid ceramic surface create a new appearance and form.
Inspiration. Ceramic procedures for creating volumes could be adapted to textile techniques using wool. (For example rolling wool into felted balls to be stitched together to become a carpet or 3D object.
Recycling. Wool fibres from old clothes mixed with resins to shape a 3D form
Interaction. Live Art Making / Interactive Art Work. An unfinished form encourages the user to improvise and creatively complete its appearance.

Felting, spinning, knitting, crochet, embroidery 


Days 1 & 2  - Discovery of wools of Europe -Marie-Therese Chaupin
Wools qualities are:
A long lasting natural fibre, resistant to static electricity, easy to clean, high resistance to tearing, hydrophilic, fire resistant
A creative process between inspiration, creativity and design-Jeanne Goutelle

Day 6 – Labopull
Alice Egler & Sonja de Monchy’s creative experience and working methodology to build a strong design concept and develop it into a physical product helped Kristina, María and Lubomira understand a process that gives shape and definition to a project.
Day 3 - Lainamac & Felting
Felt making, spinning and knitting are traditional techniques that use wool.
Day 4 - Patrice Sebille & making a mattress.
It’s possible to create simple furniture and bedding with a mattress-making technique, elementary basic tools and materials.
Day 5 Shibori
Once the basic understanding of a technique has been acquired creative freedom can be undertaken

We want to:
- Use design methodology to develop innovative applications for wool.
-Create original and unique items that have been inspired by the decorative details and construction techniques of traditional objects associated with wool.
-Renew ways to process recycled wool and woolen fibres. 
- To make wool become a style of life

Giving importance to the use of the material
- Innovative applications for wool as a creative and conceptual thought process tool within art and cultural field
-Awareness of the endless possibilities for the wool, as a raw material or as a source of inspiration.
-A new generation fiber that parallels with a healthy lifestyle


Rachel Griffin’s Swing Skirt is an interesting conceptual piece. She describes the project, “Equipped with ropes that can swing easily over any horizontal bar, the Swing Skirt allows for a lighthearted experience in the dreary urban landscape.

PANIER PERCÉ / Designed by Guillaume Delvigne & Ionna Vautrin 

Like the outline for cross stitch embroidery, this bowl is a support to be embroidered. Panier Percé is sold naked together with the embroidery kit of your choice. The kit contains coloured skeins, a needle, a needle threader and instructions for a decoration.

Bowl made of clay balls

Carpet made of felted balls


The artist WhiteFly casts actual vintage lace in sterling silver, then molds it into a bracelet cuff.

Kristen Wicklund's ceramics are another good example, crochet lace is dipped in porcelain prior to being fired. Firing burns the fibre leaving a shell of stunning ceramic lace.

Porcelain Lace designed by Jessica Pezalla"Her sculptures have a curious, neritic elegance, like souvenirs from a Jules Verne expedition or a particularly fruitful day of beachcombing. But Pezalla's structures swarm and cast shadows, and the humble materials from which they are constructed lend a roughness suggesting an origin darker than the sea: Driftings resemble coral or driftwood, but may very well be bits of bone."

London-based designer Claire-Anne O’Brien accentuated the importance of turning to nature in search of a more defined and controllable way of life. Her knitted stool creations tell the story of an artistic approach to everyday objects.

Grannypendant lamp designed by Pudelskern

German designer Bastian Hoeges‘ Family of Stools is a set of earthy creations that take inspiration from the classic tale of Goldilocks. Hoeges‘ pieces are built from natural materials, such as wood and wool, and when put together, the trio of seats create an enchanting aesthetic that will meld perfectly with any home.

Experiment with wool fibres and epoxid. The way how to recycle the wool.

Christien Meindertsma explores the life of products and raw materials. Her designs aim to regain understanding of processes that have become so distant in industrialization.

Diane Steverlynck follows a personal approach centred on objects and textiles. Her work focus is research on textiles, materials and structures and their influence on the use and identity of everyday objects. Characterized by their diversity, her products are simple and coherent. Behind each of her pieces, there is a story, one that involves material, people, usage and memory.