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Algae is one of the most researched natural resources; its abundant biological components make it excellent for a wide range of applications, including pharmaceutics, fertilizers, cosmetics, and food, to name a few. Seaweed’s diverse range of human applications is now increasing to include the manufacture of items, with algae serving as the embodiment of art, adornment, and jewelry. Violaine Buet takes center stage here, with her art exploring the physical delights of seaweed.
Violaine Buet holds degrees in Humanities, Education Science, and Sign Language. She spent 7 years in South India after graduating from ENSCI (Paris) with a diploma in industrial design. She studied the block print technique as her enthusiasm for textile design grew, and she had a two-year partnership in a traditional, local workshop, where she rotated between the hierarchical roles of apprentice and director. Her intimate friendship with craftspeople has strengthened her conviction that the beauty of each design or material is inextricably linked to the harmony that exists between each connection, which connects every hand involved in the creative process.
Violaine spent a year at ENSAD (Paris) conducting a continuous evaluation course on textiles and materials after returning to Brittany, where she began her rigorous research on seaweed. She established her studio for macro-algae research and creative development in September 2016 and is supported by a network of experts, researchers, and artisans with whom she collaborates according to the specific needs of each project.
Violaine Buet leads the research on other materials with multidisciplinary teams, using the path of this groundbreaking and innovative approach. The exploration of the aesthetic and technical palette of algae with the craftsmanship of a designer.
The development of the treatment and natural dying protocol with support from experts in vegetal coloration and researchers in biopolymer. Creation of biodegradable walls, sceneries, volumes in seaweed. A fusion of art, space and nature.