Marlène Huissoud is known for her innovative and challenging artwork. Established since 2013, after graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins with an MA in Material Futures, product and surface designer, the British artist describes her work as “experimental”, using organic and biodegradable materials, such as black-as-molasses honeybee bio resin, to craft the distinctive sculptural items in her collections, Of Insects and Men and From Insects.
Using natural formations such as the texture of beehives as inspiration comes from a source close to Marlene’s home: her father trained as a beekeeper and currently maintains six hundred beehives in the French Alps.
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Marlene’s unique talent lies in handling the essence of these textures for creating the industrial objects of her collections such as her Bee Vase, Tree Vase and exceedingly impressive, Press Cake. The unique results look as if they were made out of glass or leather. In fact, Marlene has created “a whole palette of materials” derived from the insect world and has spent many months studying their properties and experimenting with various techniques.
Marlene also manipulates other natural materials such as the silkworm cocoons which she splits, unravels and then forms into a paper before coating with a special varnish she’s concocted from propolis. The result resembles a “wooden leather” than can be utilized in furniture, surface and fashion design.
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Next on Marlene‘s busy agenda is the London Design Festival and Dutch Design Week. Stay tuned to discover the next projects with Marlene Huissoud signature.
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