Craft Ecologies: Paper Bag Umbrella
by TINA LU
Craft Ecologies is an exploratory exhibition hosted by Viral Ecologies. Through this exhibition,11 undergraduate students from the course Knowledge Lab at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, look closely at the complex systems that bring material into being.
Just like oil paper umbrella, chopstick is an artifact that have been developed for a long time. They are traditionally made of wood, bamboo, and ceramics. However, due to the mass production, they are replace by the non-tradition materials such as plastic, stainless steel, and even titanium. By using the chopstick and paper bag, I want to explore the idea of handmade and reconstruct. Through the process, I also want to show that the value of disposable materials such as chopsticks should not be neglect. They can become somethings that is beautiful and we should appreciate it.