- “There is no intelligence in producing more things because it is possible. It needs to be better—better than it was previously” .-Hecht, S. (2010)Aserrín de abeja (Bee Dust) it´s a project in collaboration with Oaxaca´s Center of Design, the designer Jesús Nieva García and bee wax handcraft man José Hernández and Petra Mendoza.This is the result of the process developed for my examination work (final project). The investigation of a material developed in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, México.
- The material´s components are bee wax and saw dust; this mixture generates that the properties from this two elements change and the products developed from it become 100% sustainable, with cero waste emissions and a bigger resistance to use.The result obtained up to now is the process of 10 months (February-November 2013) investigation, testing and manufacturing of the first collection made from the material. It's called “Diarios de un MADERERO” (wooden man diaries), materialize pencils.
- Validation (ASTM tests)ASTM (American Society for Testing and Material) tests were done to different specimens with the material developed. The results gave new information and also scientific validation of the strength this material obtains after the combination of these two elements (bee wax and saw dust).The results were max resistance to tension 960 Kilo Pascal and the module of elasticity to tension was 30 MPa.
This offered the same resistance close to a wooden stick, which also helped as inspiration for the first product developed from this material. All this results from the investigation can still be improved but there´s a need for more testing and research over the material.
- Diarios de un MADERERO, materialize pencils.This collection is my own way to express my personality and also how my industrial designer education was shaped over the last 5 years.ConceptA process, phase in life and working method developed over the years. A collection made to simplify an investigation that has been long but searches to find a starting point for a material that still requires improvement in its characteristics and results.
- ResultPencil collection that searches to work as a creative, narrative and 100% sustainable tool.ProcessThe material “Aserrín de abeja” developed during this investigation will be the element used for the materialization of this pencil collection.
- Positive:1. Recyclable2. Sustainable (cero waste emissions)3. Low cost4. Malleability5. Biodegradable6. Easy shape adaptionNegative:1. Manufacture difficulties2. Low resistance (sun, very strong heat)3. Time required to obtain raw material (bee wax)4. Short life products
- Conclusion:“I noticed that a lot of students were not particularly interested in the ordinary and the mundane”. Colin, K., & Hecht, S. (2010).With this project I´m not trying to generate new objects but a way to improve products that can help solve worldwide problems such as the preservation of our planet and also our identity as a country. One pencil´s waste multiplied by millions can make a change in the environment.
- Photos by Kaleb J Cardenas Z