The Duo Lin project arose from the desire to create a practical product; to apply and demonstrate my process of turning different resins into foam
The primary goal was to control these processes with the use of simple moulds
As my understanding of the benefits of flax fibre, and the connection to Dragonkraft Europe's new linseed oil based resin, began to grow, I began to conceive a product that used one renewable resource - for virtually all of its parts
With the resin being flexible, and water resistant, I wanted to use it with woven flax reinforcement, as a bio-composite. Although durable, the outer structure would not be as suitable for purpose without the foam inner core. These two elements were designed to be co-moulded by changing the core-half of the mould
The resin comes as two-part liquid, resin and hardener. The resin will cure with ultra-violet light (as much a sunny day) and is made of '98% carbon-renewable content'. It is also toxicologicaly safe to work with at room temperature, unlike traditional epoxy resins. The resin
Understanding the potential of flax today is very important if we are to push in new and better directions with our choice of material
Careful thought about process has helped me to deliver an early concept that could now be subjected to tests. The first concept has been born well, the addition of extremely durable needle-punched straps further illustrates how versatile the flax plant could be.
Duo Lin is a creative approach to research. It is clear that advances in materials are being met with increasing interest as performance improves.
To create a convincing product, that performs equal to or greater than those which already exist, is an immense challenge. An object can become a valuable artefact, a focus for meaningful discussion and a test for new technology. Through the energy of experimentation and making I have gathered a great deal of knowledge that can be shared.
Duo LIn was not the work of a moment, and has potential to move away from the current paradigm of artefact creation for the sole purpose of discussion. This takes the support of partners, with clever solutions, thoughtful design and ultimately individuals to question both the positives and negatives.