I worked in the marketing department of Designtex, a textile company that developed the first 100% biodegradable commercial upholstery. Inspired by the company's research, I developed a project in which a compost bin/display unit showed the fabric at every stage of its lifecycle, from wool to yarn to woven goods to edge trimmings to felt. Inside the compost compartment, redworms digested the fabric back into soil. Information sheets that told the Climatex Lifecycle story were made available to viewers, along with my business cards. The piece was exhibited as an installation with printed materials in gallery and museum contexts as well as in the company showroom.
Compost bin and bench design and fabrication: Jeffrey Hall
Composting consultants: Lower East Side Ecology Center
Photography: Bob Braine, Jeffrey Hall, Ned Matura
Upholstering: Carol Pelletier