the brands of 2023

In 2023, Material Matters will showcase a curated mix of exhibitors to celebrate the importance of materials and their ability to shape our lives. The selection included global brands, makers, designers, manufacturers, and artists working in materials that ranged from recycled aluminium, clay, wood and glass to orange peel, roots and sugar.

Tanja Kirst

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Can oranges, seaweed, pineapple and hemp be transformed into textiles without compromising on aesthetics? A highlight for this year’s edition of Material Matters will be Danish designer Tanja Kirst’s installation Planted – 10 unique textile pieces made from organic yarn.

All the yarn has been spun into various compositions at TextielLab in the Netherlands. Using Jacquard weaving, the properties of the different yarns have been processed in terms of structure, light reflection, colour saturation and intensity, conveying a geometric abstraction of natural landscapes. Tanja invites the viewer to experience new degradable and circular materials through experimental processes. 

Bringing the project to London was made possible by funding from the Danish Arts Foundation.

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