Many new cooperatives from ladies working with craft and fashion in the favelas, having developed into a successful industry for them and is presented in several stores -as this one within Shopping de Gavea, Parceria Carioca www.parceriacarioca.com.br It all started a few years back with an idea from the cooperative Coopa Roca http://www.coopa-roca.org.br/ and is now serving as an exmple all over Brazil. I picked up a few X'mas presents of course
Another store in Shopping LeBlon with jewellery made only from original seeds and material from the Amazones Maria Oiticica www.mariaoiticica.com.br - almost done with my Christmas shopping
Visit at Alcantarino Design Studio -http://www.alcantarino.com/english/ founded by designer Carlos Alcantarino, born in Belém, and very involved in environmental and social projects, reuse of rejected materials from industry, spill materials, rubber, crystals, glass, wood - and involved in several big social projects such as www.experiencedesgn.com bringing a freighter full of design to the north of Brazil to open up to young people from the Northeastern areas of Brazil to experience and work with the design process. Another project, aming at taking care of all the leftover materials from the transportation from japan to Brazil by a large aliminium company - such as wood and rubber, and turning it into sellable new products www.cabanos.com.br . A project that also involved many other young designers. Would be very interesting to invite Carlos Alcantarino to Sweden to share experiences with Swedish Designers working with the same aims.
Brazilian crystals given new exposure and value
recycled glass, steel, mirrors in traditional shapes, and mimimizing the production process by reusing the same shapes in new version
Carlos Alcantarino in his studio, born in Belem (and good friend with the artist Emmanuel Nassar whom I befriended at the time we lived in Brazil and we brought Brazilian contemporary art to Sweden). With and engineering back ground, a deep social involvement and passion for the arts, Carlos is developing and important and impressive work.
My guide from the Governement Jaqueline Pererira and Carlos Alcantarino
Mirror effect - vases, candle holders, trays.... all from recycled material and repeated forms
Young collaborators Fernando Jones and Gustavo Martini in special design glasses for me
More collaborators, elegant Valdeir and Manoel Pyres
Below; Fernanda Funes - lamps, first with ceramic, pure earth visible, and second the lamp Shakti, which she has shown in Milan , where the acrylic diffusers can be turned around in a variety of lightning effect