Pine trees are the world’s main source of timber. Every year 600 million pine trees are cut down in the EU. But there is more to the tree than just wood: pine needles account for 20 to 30 percent of its mass. Tamara Orjola researched the potentials of unused needles and found them to be a great alternative for fibers. With standard manufacturing techniques – crushing, soaking, steaming, carding, binding and pressing – they can be transformed into textiles, composites and paper, extracting essential oil and dye in the process. An elegant series made of nothing but pine needles, shows that this ecological material also has a high-quality look and feel to it.
(2016 / pine needle fiber)