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Austeja Platukyte

Material Designer

Vilnius | Lithuania

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Austeja Platukyte is a materials researcher and product designer as well as phd student of design in Vilnius Academy of Arts. Her creative solutions are systematically linked to the theme of material design and her research lined with the topic of materials transformation into other forms, introducing new social, cultural, economic, and psychological context into her creative process. in each of her projects, the designer seeks to highlight the relevance of the creative process, gain real experience in the development of new materials and adapting them to contemporary art and design objects.

Sphan: The land of Rabbits + Temporary home for nature

Sphan: The land of Rabbits + Temporary home for nature

SPHAN: THE LAND OF RABBIT

In this research I explored the possibilities of natural materials and primitive technology while using only site-specific materials which were sourced from less than 100 meters radius around residency, to reflect the sustainability and show the natural beauty of unique local materials.

During my stay at the residency, I encountered wild rabbits in the area, which led me to research their digestive system and feces. rabbits are coprophagic animals, meaning, they reingest their own droppings in order to utilize nutrients that are initially absorbed ineffectively. these types of feces are commonly known as ‘night droppings’ and are eaten immediately after defecation. whereas, the pellets left behind by a rabbit are the final waste product after the redigestion of night droppings

TEMPORARY HOME FOR NATURE

In this research I explored the possibilities of natural materials and primitive technology while using only site-specific materials which were sourced from less than 100 meters radius around residency, to reflect the sustainability and show the natural beauty of unique local materials.

During my stay at the residency, I explored our garden under which I found a cave with a lot of sand-clay material mixture which led me to explore the technology of the mud-brick processing. I was inspired by ancient organic materials, which had a plasticity property, used by the first people on Earth. in this research I had a chance to experiment with various natural materials to create these bricks, which were used in a land art installation. I made all the bricks by using primitive technology, such as body weight to mix and press, and natural sunlight to dry.