Brazilian designer Inês Schertel presents her works at the exhibition Materica in Milan, charming examples of slow design made of sheep wool
Inês Schertel is a Brazilian architect and designer from Porto Alegre who has been living for many years on a farm in São Francisco de Paula, in Southern Brazil, with her husband. Her 300 sheep inspired her to produce exclusive woolen objects, so much so that she has been called the shepherdess of design.
Some of her works will be presented at Materica, the exhibition dedicated to unusual materials and common materials used in uncommon ways that takes place in the iconic spaces of the Nhow hotel in Milan, Via Tortona 35, from 16 May to 31 October 2019.
Inês Schertel, a representative of “slow design”, creates her works felting sheep wool and dyeing it with vegetable pigments, a 6,000 years old technique that the designer perfected during her journeys in Europe and Central Asia.
Wool is pressed by hand with water and olive-oil soap, creating different layers that blend harmoniously generating surprising effects. In this slow design process, Inês Schertel passes from the raw material to the end product, which allows her to calculate the impact of the whole process on the environment.
[Text Carlotta Russo]