I am Yasuhiro Suzuki who is a recent graduate from Design Products of the Royal College of Art in London. I would like to introduce my graduation project, Re-Cocoon.
Re Cocoon project is a series of silk’s structures directly moulded from silk cocoons. I developed my own method of cocooning by boiling the silk cocoons and directly spinning silk fibre from them onto a mould. I also developed my own spinning machine and collapsible mold’s structures.
The idea of this project derived from my curiosity of silk textile production and processes such as silk spinning.
I applied this re-cocoon’s idea to lampshades because silk is heat-resistant and also silk is the lightest and strongest fiber in animal. In order for these lamps to hold their shape, I utilize silk’s natural glue-like protein, Sericin. I was looking at natural waste or natures under used materials. In addition, these silk lamps have no framework inside except a metal frame’s lamp because the combination with natural silk’s glue and silk fiber gives great strength. No framework means the lampshade is extremely light. I can continually spin approximately 1.5 kilometers of fiber from each cocoon, which allows me to then produce these lamps. Each lamp is completed only from the natural properties of silk. Therefore, this light is biodegradable and this project is sustainable.
I believe this project has a variety of application such as extremely precious packages or architectural material. I am looking for the next stage.