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Fish-based materials

I. SUMMARY INFORMATION
Project
297624
Status
Submitted
Award category
Shaping a circular industrial ecosystem and supporting life-cycle thinking
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NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS AWARDS: existing completed examples
Project title
Fish-based materials
Full project title
wondering around aesthetics, localism and ecology awareness...
Description

I'm creative with and by nature that got in love by fish skin and bones... I used fish skin and local and ecological (non-petrochemical) substances in order to create leathers and textiles. My work raises discussions about aesthetics, localism, whole-animal use and ecology awareness.

What was the geographical scope of your project?
Cross-border/international
Portugal
Poland
Viennna
Does your project address mainly urban or rural issues?
It addresses urban-rural linkages
Does your project refer to a physical transformation of the built environment or other types of transformations?
It refers to other types of transformations ('soft investment')
Has your project benefited from EU programmes or funds?
No
Has your project won an EU prize?
No
Your project is fully completed?
Yes
When was your project implemented?
How did you hear about the New European Bauhaus Prizes ?
Word of mouth (colleagues, friends …)
On whose behalf are you submitting the application?
As an individual
II. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
Please provide a summary of your project

Mónica Pedro is an applied researcher with a background in project management for cutting-edge technologies and in fashion. She uses fish skin and local and ecological (non-petrochemical) substances in order to create leathers and textiles. Her work raises discussions about aesthetics, localism, whole-animal use and ecology awareness.

Please indicate the main themes of your project with 5 key words
ecology awareness
ocean protection
localism
sustainable aesthetics
responsible and distributed production
Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of sustainability (including circularity) and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context

Main concern is to bring divinize nature and use natural resources in a beautiful, sustainable and conscious way.

Experimental prototyping inspired by ethnography and anthropology, I used only local waist, mainly organic waist from the market, kitchen and other organic materials, found in 50 km maximum, and combined processing techniques from the Fishers and Agricultures crafts.

Key sustainable objectives are:

  • Promote awareness about the ocean beings that are captured to feed us, about the ocean sustainability, calling for compassion.
  • Create sustainable manufacturing process that add value to organic waist
  • Design production chain based on local craftmanship (fisheries and agricultural)
  • Create sustainable materials which can easily be returned to nature (final products are totally decomposable)
Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of aesthetics and quality of experience beyond functionality and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context

All the this adventure started by the fascination by fish skin aesthetics, and is calling for attention to other innovative ways to make beauty out of the nature with respect.

The fish-based material opens a new catalog of visual, tactful, tasteful, and hearing experiences since they could used to make boards and fashion accessories, as well furniture and decoration as also for musical instruments.

Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of inclusion (equal opportunities, public participation, citizen engagement, co-design, universal design, accessibility, affordability, etc.) and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context

I researched the local practices on fisher and agriculture communities to create processing stages that could bring value to these marginalized population, by both valuing their waist, and employing some of their existing practices.

In certain way, I co-designed the processes having in mind a way to create a distributed local production chain that add value to local communities, namely:

  • Fish market merchants:  
    • collect and preserve the fish waist in conditions to latter be processes, gaining from this row material.
  • Fishers warehouses at the sea ports
    • Pre-processing fish bones and skins and having extra revenue from their facilities and time.
  • Agricultures
    • Selling organic waist for the recipies
  • Restaurants
    • Providing fish skins and bones to local crafts and gaining both visibility for their ecological behavior and revenue for the raw materials.
  • Bio Designers
    • Designers interested in creating products, can learn to do it by themselves or just acquire the products to other fish crafters.
Please explain how these three dimensions have been combined in your project.
Please highlight how this approach can be exemplary

Beauty of the fish and the aesthetics of the materials engaged me into the wondering of how could I respect that beautiful and amazing beings, respecting myself as a civilized human that eats fish, but at the same time be completely sustainable and inclusive.

For some time I regret that the local fishers and agricultures had lost their economic and cultural significance, and always had this in my heart when looking for ways and materials to create these materials.

Also, It was a demanding condition that the processes could be done low tech domestic space, such as kitchen or fisher/agriculture warehouse.

Please give information on the results/impacts achieved by your project in relation to the category you apply for

I’d created more than 20 types of different fish leaders which can be used for application such as clothes, accessories, bijouterie, furniture, decoration and sound instruments completely made out of fish market and agriculture waist.

 

I designed production chain that involves local communities, values their work and the waist of their business.

Also the fish based materials, and their narrative comprehends an excellent history to demonstrate how we can be creative with and by the nature.

Please explain how citizens and civil society were involved in the in the design and/or implementation of the project.
Please also explain the benefits that derived from their involvement.

Experimental prototyping inspired by ethnography and anthropology, I used only local waist, mainly organic waist from the market, kitchen and other organic materials, found in 50 km maximum, and combined processing techniques from the Fishers and Agricultures crafts.

I’d visited, interview and captured knowledge and practices in local fishers and agricultures communities.  

Also the fish based materials, and their narrative comprehends an excellent history to demonstrate how we can be creative with and by the nature.

Please explain what kind of global challenges the project addressed by providing local solutions

Ocean Protection, nature protection, design by nature, design for nature.

A new creativity pradigm where we can play with and by nature, bring awareness to the synergies with our local ecossystems. 

Please highlight the innovative character of the project as compared to mainstream practices in the field of the project.

There is no other project that had been able to create such a variety of different fish materials using only waist and low tech processes.

It demonstrated that being creative with and by nature could bring to society new materials and experiences that connect us to the true values of nature.

A new creativity methodology, where we, scientifically informed, can play with and by the nature, calling for sustainable action from a localism perspective.

Please explain to the potential of transferring the projects’ results or learnings to other interested parties and contexts.
Please provide clear documentation, communication of methodology and principles in this context.

The new creativity methodology, (Play with and by nature) and well the material processing designs and recopied can be easily transferred to other locals and communities.

I can share he recipes, processes and knowledge to everyone interested, as well organize residencies and workshops to cocreate new local fish-based materials.

Is an evaluation report or any relevant documentation available?
No
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A sumarized presenation the research context and potential 

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