The purpose of this project is to bring the spirit of forest and warmth into the home of those living in the the Boreal forest, or alternatively an experience that will make the forest more enjoyable for those wanting to explore in the harsh weather. Functionality and aesthetic will be important for bringing my project to life.
Within the Canadian, Scandinavian, and Russian Boreal forests I will research the climate, landscape, seasons, animals, insects, vegetation, sustenance, conservation vs. deforestation, as well as the other natural materials. I want to look at recreational and industrial activities and products, natural and man-made forest structures, along with survival techniques and tools used by indigenous people.
Some art and design precedents that I will look at are Scandinavian design, Aboriginal making, Hudson’s Bay Company, Arne Jacobson, designs inspired by forest, and materials found in the forest like wood, leather, fur, and resin.
I am keen to experiment with these materials in the workshop, but know I will need assistance to learn different making techniques. I plan to ask tutors as well as technicians for any advice for working with these materials.
I will also visit the Scandinavian furniture store in London called FOREST for additional research, I hope to travel to Norway over Easter break for firsthand observations, as well I have set up interviews with outdoor enthusiasts living in the Canadian and Swedish Boreal forests.
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