The Willow Project is an investigation into one of Iceland’s newly gained raw materials, the willow tree. Since the start of forestry about 70 years ago, this material starts being available in bigger volumes now. The result is a material palette created through the de-construction of the tree in all its elements, including the leaves, inner and outer bark, wood; and treating by boiling, burning, and distilling, before re-constructing the elements into new materials.
During the research process, three main processes of boiling, burning, and distilling were rendered. Inspired by the natural circulation of matter, nothing but water and heat were added to the wood and all byproducts were processed as valuable resources. By deconstructing the tree into micro-scale and reassembling the found elements, the rendered new materials could stand by themselves. All of them would be able to go back to the forest as nutrition.
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Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, Friðrik Steinn Friðriksson, Óskar Kristinn Vignisson, Iceland University of the Arts