CCS Alumna Turns Invasive Plants Into Innovative, Sustainable Materials
Finding use for invasive plant species, the "Uproot Detroit" project proposes 26 types of paper-like materials.
We tend to take the notion that nature is a resource for granted. And while it’s this attitude that’s led to so many environmental problems, many designers (often younger), are engaging with this idea to rethink the natural. No longer a bounty ripe for extraction, in much of this work nature is recast as a source of intelligence, inspiration, creativity, and even threat.
A recent thesis project by Alexa Ulbrich, a 2017 graduate of the MFA program in Color and Materials Design at CCS, aims to shed some light on the issue: How can design properly recognize our social, cultural, and industrial positions towards nature without resorting to unsustainable exploitation?