A DIY Guide to Growing Your Own Products
There is a rising interest of the public to access products and services made of local materials, created in an ethical manner. The results of such demand points towards products sensitive to their environment and respectful to the available resources and social groups involved in their production. Native Products is an initiative that could act as a stepping point towards the exploration of alternative mediums and processes of the production cycle.
Papairlines have developed a workshop sequence through which flora is transformed into paste that can be later used as raw material to cast objects. The process uses household tools and herbs. From growing the raw materials to manufacturing the final product, the project aims to immerse participants in the narrative of product lifecycle, design, ecology and ethical production. During the final stages of the project an open workshop takes place for visitors to participate in the different stages of processing the raw materials and creating small utilitarian objects, grown, designed and produced in a specific geographic location.
A first edition of Native Products was realised at The Barbican Centre in London as part of Hack the Barbican initiative, in August 2013.