Flax – a miniature museum exhibit
There is a huge variety of Materials we use every single day. But where do they come from? How does the original form look like? And are there different uses for this Material? For my second project I have chosen to investigate the material Linen. Linen is made from Flax, which is a food and fibre crop. Looking up Flax, simply in Wikipedia, already shows how many different things you can make from it. Linen has been used in ancient Egypt for paintings and to mummify humans after death. Mediterraneans and Romans used it for their sails. Until cotton replaced linen in the early twentieths century, linen was the most common fabric for clothing. Today Flax is grown for its oil, seeds and fibre. From the seeds you can make oil, grain or eat them as they are. The oil is for example a nutritional supplement or wood-finishing product. The seeds, and the grain made from it, are high in protein and vitamins. There is obviously a reason why the Latin name of Flax is usitatissimum which means “most useful”.
How can I show the workmanship behind flax, its structures and the products made from it? Without a big charts and longs texts. My Solutions is a miniature Museum exhibit. Building a display case which is not only for looking at. The materials shall not be out of reach behind glas. But a interactive display for investigating, touching and learning!
I have chosen layers made from plexiglas to activate curiosity. The see-through material shows that there are more levels to investigate. It was important not to use a ‘loud’ material which would compete which the appearance of the Flax. After all Flax looks a little dim, thats why it should have the center of the attention to show its full potential.