Labverde, Amazon Rainforest, July 2017
Labverde is an art immersion programme in the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, for artists and creators to reflect on nature and landscape and explore the connection between science, art and the natural environment.
Inspired by the way in which scientist’s record life in the forest that often includes the use of a euthanized specimen, the aim was to explore the recording of animal species further as a designer by using a more poetic approach. Through textiles, which offer the qualities of movement and tactility lost in current physical samples, the activity of three different insect species found in the rainforest were recorded. For example, a leaf hopper nymph which jumps away when touched represented through the application of magnets sewn into each embellishment which jump to and away from each other when handled.
Further exploration involved alternative ways of recording plant life; such as individual tree markings traced onto warp yarn for weaving, and immersing existing textile samples in the forest as a testing ground for values of uniqueness and camouflage.
The Labverde 2017 Online Catalogue can be found here