GIRIA is a homeware collection balancing between tactility, shape and colour.
The project is aimed to pass the sensations of the forest through material, to establish a connection between the user and the object. This collection is the result of an experimental process by which it was meant to show how materials, which are destined to become waste - tree bark and leaves - can be transformed into sustainable design through traditional crafts. No two items in GIRIA are the same: each is made by hand from the bark dust of different kinds of trees (Oak, Pine, Ash and tree leaves) that gives a unique texture, varying in colour and roughness of a surface. All the items are coated with a mix of food-safe oils to make them more durable. The materials in GIRIA may change slowly over time and the collection distinguishes itself from mass production, making the products as individual as their owners.
Different types of tree bark waste is collected from a few sawmill companies around Vilnius.
The process of making objects consists of few stages: collecting bark, drying, grinding, sieving, boiling a natural binding substance, mixing it with bark powder, forming objects in the moulds and finally letting them dry for a few weeks. Objects change and nicely deform themselves while drying. Changes mostly depend on the thickness of the object. Therefore there are no same tree bark objects.
Tree bark powder, shellac, animal glue