Morphosis is related to our living as one of the most important growing stages we will go through. Within the silk industry most of the Bombyx Mori are killed in order to extract the silk from the cocoon. What if we let the worm become a butterfly? How can we use this material differently and celebrate the morphosis of the insects?
Morphosis is related to our living as one of the most important growing stages we will go through. The idea of morphosis is a matter of evolution, how a shape, material, human, insect will change with or without an external factor. The silkworm is one of the most iconic insects experiencing a morphosis during its entire evolution. It is born as a worm but then morphs into a butterfly and arrives at maturation.
Within the silk industry most of the Bombyx Mori are killed in order to extract the silk from the cocoon.
What if we let the worm become a butterfly? How can we use this material differently and celebrate the morphosis of the insects?
The piece has been made by an accumulation of hundreds of silkworm cocoons and are then varnished with a thin layer of a natural honeybee bio resin. The slow process of the making of the piece underlines the beauty of the insect world and defends a slow process in the making of these alien looking pieces.
About the designer
French-born and British based, Marlène Huissoud is an experimental designer. Marlène works as a freelance designer for different companies alongside the art & design areas, and created her own company in 2013. In 2014, she graduated with an MA Material Futures (known as Textile Futures) at Central Saint Martins’ School of Art and Design in London where she developed the project From Insects : an exploration of insect materials from the common honeybee and the Indian silkworm. Her work questions our way of making by challenging the properties of natural resources. She believes in the value of the concept, not only with an outcome but with the complete creative process.
She has been named as one of the UK’s top 70 rising design stars representing the future of British design by the Design Council, has been nominated by the Arts Foundation UK for the Material Innovation Award in 2016, won the Make me! Design Prize in 2015, nominated for Design Parade at Villa Noailles in 2015, won the Diploma Selection Award at Designblok in 2014.
Her work has been exhibited worldwide at major Institutions such as Chamber New York, Design Miami Basel, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm, Design Days Dubaï, Rossana Orlandi Milan, Gallery Bensimon Paris, APalazzo Gallery Brescia, MAK Vienna.
Marlene is currently based in London, UK and is always open for collaborations and exciting projects.
Find out more about Cocoons: www.marlene-huissoud.com