From Insects by Marlène Huissoud

Published on October 8, 2014

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Coming from a family of beekeepers, Marlène Huissoud is interested in the viability of utilising insects and their waste streams to create future craft artefacts. Already science is exploring the potential of insects for food production and to satisfy our future dietary needs, however, she is primarily interested in using insects as co-partners in the design process, -rather than consume them she is interested in how we can work with them and explore how their natural waste streams could be harnessed in the production of valuable craft artefacts in the future.


Initially, Marlène interested in two insects that we currently farm, -the common honey bee, which produces propolis, -a natural bio-degradable resin and the Indian silkworm, which discards it’s hard cocoon when it reaches maturity.

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She has worked with the two materials depending of their properties. Marlène developed a lot of glass techniques with the bio resin and made a collection of vessels. She has created a new material out of the cocoons and the bio resin that she called “Wooden Leather”.
From Insects is a celebration of the beauty in the use of insect material potentials.

Marlene Huissoud

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