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Saccharum 

Exploring the materiality of Sugarcane

Saccharum (sugarcane) is a perennial grass growing abundantly across the globe and is the main source of sucrose. Refined sucrose, also known as sugar was historically introduced to the western world as an expensive commodity that influenced socio-cultural movements. However, over time sugar has become under-appreciated and devalued. Through an appreciation of craft and traditional production techniques Ella has transformed Sugarcane from a humble crop into a crafted artefacts. 

 

Celebrating the value of the handmade verses

machine made through the exploration of  the materiality of sugarcane. The project not only challenges the way we perceive materials but the importance of craft in understanding materiality, whilst proposing future alternative uses for natural resources that are currently in abundance yet under appreciated.