By the introduction of paper, parchment has become an almost extinct material to work with. Because it cannot compete with the cheap price of paper the industry of parchment making has almost completely disappeared. In collaboration with a parchment maker I rediscovered the material. This time not as a source for paper but going back to the essence of the product, which is skin. Because skin is stretchable and forms a layer over the body it seemed logical to me not to treat it as a flat material, instead it should have a more three dimensional aesthetic. By using a combination of making the material flexible and stretching the material over a mold, the parchment distances itself from the paper-like aesthetic and becomes a source for new objects. This lamp shows new applicability and the light enhances the pores of this natural material.

Parchment project