HEY JUTE

Alexander Marinus

A research project which looks at how we can work with, instead of against, the natural quality of jute to create a high-quality sensitive product. Jute is normally used ‘behind the scenes’ and never as aesthetic material.

This project shows that it is possible to ‘needle felt’ the dry raw jute fiber. For the first time, the end result is a strong and light felt which maintains the unique quality of these fibers: the fiber length remains intact. The process and material have potential within the design world as well as on a larger, industrial scale. HEY JUTE illustrates the forgotten qualities of a natural material.