Multiple projects : making a fence out of old burn beds. the "Bubble fence" is pierced with holes that will let a turquoise light come through in the night + ecodesign workshops with the children + presentation at Last School in Auroville, and New year's eve' presentation " new thinking for new times" with 200 guests.
Sorry, friends, I can’t keep this success story all for myself. ...
In February 2009, I was asked by KHAMIR to design articlesthat would uses the local artisans skills and would also solved the “garbage problems “ of Bhuj, Gujarat.
A collection of hand woventable ware, bags and so on came out of thisdevelopmentperiod.
Later in 2009, I ended up doing an artist residency at the DUNE eco resort near Pondicherry , Tamil Nadu. DUNE was looking for eco friendly placemats for their 2 restaurants. the bridge was made. An order was placed with the people of KHAMIR. now these gorgeous colorful placemats are the highlight of the dinning tables at DUNEand the artisans in Bhuj have a perfect “window “ for their goods as well as an income.
The artisans at Khamir said : “The order of 400 hand woven plastic table mats has
helped us in many ways. Apart from addressing environmental concerns,
It provided good rates of waste plastic to the women who collected it from
garbage dumps. The order also helped to generated employment for the
weavers who cleaned, graded and wove the plastic into beautiful plastic mats. As KHAMIR, It helped us to organize production process - from sourcing of plastic waste, cleaning and
grading the same, weaving the mats and stitching the borders.KHAMIR is planning to take this
this consists in 4 sculptures in shape of D. U . N. E with a metal frame (letters are + 2.5 m high ) andused Kingfisher beer bottles fixed on it. all in all, more than 2000 bottleswill be re-used for the completion of this project. . We decided , with the people from Dune to make this project “in time”as the bottles get consumedand become items to recycle.soon,each of us will be able to add his own bottleto what has become an “interactive” project.
Once completed, the sculpturewill be lighted up from the inside and will be thesign standing at the entrance of the eco resort/village.
Medusa , Curly..... lamps in used aluminium shutters
Dismantled broken aluminium shutters to make lamps for the Yoga Hall. the project ha been extended to all the rooms of the SPA, which is in traditional architecture from the South: roof in keeth (woven vegetal), from where the “fusion” style , aluminium/vegetal. different shapes have been developed. 33 lamps have been made with 4500 blades: each individually washed, cut, pierced and stitched.
used mineral bottles (from the client’s consumption in the hotel)have been filled up with coloured water: aligned or in circle, the effect is magic.looks really nice in the huts of the kid’s playground.
mid September, ART D’ECO joined the artist in residence program
at the Dune eco resort/ village(www.thedunehotel.com) , near Pondicherry in South India.
The resort itself is a gorgeous green place on the beach and still in the making. 50 thematic villas and suites are available like hotel rooms.there is the eco farm(animals and vegetable) , the nursery, the SPA and its own herbs gardenand thevillas equipped with bikes for people to go around. the whole resort is run according to sustainability :energy is solar or electrical (vehicles)andwater is re-used in a closed water system (watering the gardens with used waters for instance) .
I have taken the opportunity tore use all the construction waste or the waste generated by the clients everyday to make something new and needed in the resort.
used water tank to recycle into kid’s house or mini Palaces for kids.. 3 huge tanks , opened with doors and windowsand painted with “nature” camouflage to be invisible in the playground.