The Resonance of Raw

Thalea Schmalenberg

November / November - 2020

Kunsthochschule Weissensee

Master of Arts


'The resonance of raw' is an ongoing experiment-based design research, in which the properties of braided surfaces are studied and transferred to other analogous processes. The project is anchored in a deep value and appreciation of crafts, the handmade and slowness in a time and society with major focus on digitalisation, automatisation, and products of perfection. The synergy of wicker and glass, seemingly diametrical opposites, resulted in a limited collection of uniquely tactile glass objects made in woven moulds that withstand the heat of the glassmaking process. The abrasion and irregular of the raw material was embraced as design quality for a series making the origin of its genesis tacitly tangible – it's the presence of the absence.