Anthropology and man’s man-made future are two themes that combined the worlds of Matthew Needham and Brook Sigal. Brook Sigal is an ecologist and ceramic artist whose work is characterised by the exploration of natural resources and processes, merging craft and science with sustainability and maintaining natural processes in daily life. Together, Needham and Sigal developed and realised a collection of accessories that purify water.
RE-IMAGINING THE WATER FILTER
If we consider our future being determined by the location of drinking water, our human instinctive needs have not been compromised since their beginnings. Using a simple technology called the ionisation process; materials are able to re-organize themselves and remove chlorine, odours, acidic components and heavy metals from tap water whilst releasing a mineral complement rich in essential trace elements. The bio-degradable material was developed to become malleable enough to form the soles of shoes in 2017, using a hand-made mould. Each shoe is unique due to the hand-pressed process and different material components, some partly coated in silver, known to have antibacterial properties.