- What:Special Events
- Where:Leighton Room 108
DISPLAY: 'Oki Naganode' is an installation made from Naga Kombu, a type of Japanese seaweed. The installation is one of a range of objects made by Julia Lohmann during her current V&A residency entitled 'The Department of Seaweed'.
‘Oki Naganode’ showcases the potential of seaweed as a future design material. In this installation the Kombu has been hand stretched over a cane frame and fused in to position, thus showing the natural properties of the material teased out through the making process.
In the 'Department of Seaweed' Lohmann connects design, craft, science and research experts to develop this material, experiment with new processes and discover new objects.
Known for her work with unusual natural materials, Lohmann became fascinated by kelp during a residency in Hokkaido, Japan in 2007. Since then, Lohmann has been exploring the marine plant in her practice, as a Stanley Picker Research Fellow and in her AHRC-funded PhD studentship at the Royal College of Art and V&A.
Part of London Design Festival 2013