We were awarded the Good Design Research grant by DesignSingapore Council (DSG) in 2021 to deepen our research into the potential of upcycling plant prunings into paints and artmaking kits that could advance the interest in the craft of working with nature creatively in more people.
Our research aims to address the following questions:
1. What pigments can be extracted from common horticultural and wood waste in Singapore?
2. How can we design an art-making kit that encourages users to have positive interactions with nature while painting?
3. What are the paint quality requirements of our target communities?
4. How can we improve the precision and consistency of the current botanical pigment production process?
This is an ongoing project that will complete in late-2022. We hope to share the fruits of this project when they are ready.
If you are a craftsperson who is keen to integrate natural pigments into your work, write in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always down for some experimental fun with pigments with sufficient time!