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VIOLAINE BUET
seaweed design®

How marvelous to sometimes
Be
That which no longer seeks itself

Matthieu Gosztola, We are hardly written

About

Career path

Violaine Buet is qualified in Humanities ; the Science of Education and Sign Language. On obtaining a diploma in industrial design at ENSCI (Paris), she spent 7 years in South India. As her passion for textile design developed, she studied the block print technique and enjoyed a two-year collaboration in a traditional, local workshop where innovatively she alternated between the hierarchical roles of apprentice and director. Her close-knit relationship with artisans has confirmed her certitude that the beauty of each design or material is intrinsically tied to the harmony between each link, which unites every hand involved in the creative process. On her return to Brittany, her birthplace, Violaine spent one year at ENSAD (Paris) doing a continual assessment course on textiles and materials, where she began her intensive research on seaweed. In September 2016 she set up her studio for the research and creative development of macro-algae and is accompanied by a network of experts, researchers and artisans with whom she collaborates according to the precise requirements of each individual project.

Objectives

To develop an innovative expertise to ennoble the ancient algae from its natural state to novel utilizations from the fine and living arts, haute couture, scenography and decoration to visual merchandising and industry.
To lead the research on other materials with multidisciplinary teams, using the path of this groundbreaking and innovative approach.

“Algae hold a piece of eternity for me. My ally -brown seaweed- is 1,3 billion years old and carries the force to have accompanied the origins of life. I bow before the majesty of this material, never positioning as its conqueror but remaining deeply aware of the wisdom of nature. Seaweed is multifaceted... Is this due to a survival instinct confronted by mankind’s potential threat? It is more like a stupendous capacity to adapt to a perpetually changing environment. Algae inspire my utmost respect and I treat them with gentleness, winning them over slowly. Unveiling their mysteries has taught me patience. I enjoy traveling on unknown territories and I feel profoundly alive imagining and savoring the joys of future discoveries”

“Algae hold a piece of eternity for me. My ally -brown seaweed- is 1,3 billion years old and carries the force to have accompanied the origins of life. I bow before the majesty of this material, never positioning as its conqueror but remaining deeply aware of the wisdom of nature. Seaweed is multifaceted… Is this due to a survival instinct confronted by mankind’s potential threat ? It is more like a stupendous capacity to adapt to a perpetually changing environment. Algae inspire my utmost respect and I treat them with gentleness, winning them over slowly. Unveiling their mysteries has taught me patience. I enjoy traveling on unknown territories and I feel profoundly alive imagining and savoring the joys of future discoveries”

Process

The exploration of the aesthetic and technical palette of algae with the craftmanship of a designer.
The development of the treatment and natural dying protocol with support from experts in vegetal coloration and researchers in biopolymer.
Interaction with the expertise and tools inspired from crafts ; weaver, leather craft, jeweler, tailor, screenprinter, gilder, master glazier…

Materials

Seaweed can be woven, dyed, sewn, printed, embossed, tufted, engraved, braided, pressed, etc.
Creation and manufacture of custom-made pieces of biodegradable algae textiles

Scriptures

Envisaging scripture in space : seaweed become lines, floating between tension and lightness
Creation of biodegradable walls, sceneries, volumes in seaweed. A fusion of art, space and nature.

Services

MANUFACTURE

made to measure creations of seaweed materials and volumes

SUPPORT

bolstering the development of algae projects

ARTISTIC DIRECTION

the creative piloting of research and development materials

Workshop

the discovery of seaweed co-presented with a biopolymer researcher

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TANDEMS

constructing duo partnerships “artisan – creator”

MULTICULTURAL BLENDING

composition of pluralist teams, multidisciplinary and multicultural project management.

News

Contact

violainebuet@seaweedesign.com

La manufacture des algues
12 rue redien
56400 Auray