fernando laposse's naturally-dyed pink beasts hang around the miami design district
 

fernando laposse's naturally-dyed pink beasts hang around the miami design district

for miami art week 2019, mexican product and material designer fernando laposse has transformed the miami design district with a collection of pink hairy sloths that hang from ropes, trees and arches. with the pink beasts installation, laposse — an advocate for sustainable craft traditions — aims to connect a wide public to dying processes rendered on natural materials and to recognize artisan communities who practice this activity.

fernando laposse pink beasts naturally-dyed miami design district

 

 

for pink beasts, fernando laposse collaborated with fiber artist, angela damman as well as artisans in sacaban, yucatán. the brightly-colored pink creatures have been dyed using cochineal, a tiny insect that is native to central america that grows on the opuntia cactus. this insect produces the world’s brightest natural red dye, originally used by aztecs in order to showcase luxury. for the installation, laposse used agave fiber — a resistant ecological substitute to plastic threads — and dyed it using cochineals from an organic farm in the mountains of oaxaca. to achieve the 1930s-1940-s miami-inspired pink hue, a specific recipe of acidic lemon juice and baking soda was used.

fernando laposse pink beasts naturally-dyed miami design district

 

 

‘pink beasts will showcase the versatility of laposse’s work,’ comments the official release. ‘strands of pink sisal tassels suspended through the trees will guide visitors to discover a collection of pink hairy sloths that will hang from ropes, trees and arches. ten sculptural hammocks, created in collaboration with textile designer angela damman, will feature pink sisal locks that will hang down from the with otherwise traditional mayan designs. these will hang on metal structures and directly on palm trees for public use. inspired by age-old techniques of making useful goods from unique plant fibers, angela bringing her specialized knowledge and contemporary design to this installation.’


image © designboom

 

 

the work has been handmade by a community of mayan weavers in yucatán, including the production, cleaning and dying of the agave fiber. by installing pink beasts, fernando laposse wants to remind interacting visitors that there are still sustainable ways to achieve vibrant colors.


image © designboom


image © designboom


image © designboom

fernando laposse pink beasts naturally-dyed miami design district

fernando laposse pink beasts naturally-dyed miami design district

 

 

project info:

 

name: pink beasts

designer: fernando laposse

in collaboration with: angela damman

location: miami design district

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    501,537 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample