Cow bone

Physical copy available

We have a physical copy of this material in our library at the Jan van Eyck Academie.

Cow bone

To the bone

The earliest characteristics of our civilisation can be seen in treated bones. Bone is a material that has historically been used to make tools, jewellery and other products. Today bone is viewed as waste; it is crushed and burnt. Michiel and Jetske from Martens & Visser, are giving bone another lease of life by highlighting its beauty.

These images show a collection of shapes made from cow bone. With this research they examine the characteristics of the material and explore its usability, searching for a way to use the old skeleton and creating a new framework.


Cow bones.


Martens & Visser


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