An alien plant, Japanese knotweed ranks among the most invasive species on the planet. However, it is an edible plant with a high content of the antioxidant resveratrol. With the Re-generacija collective we tried to look at this problem from another perspective and investigate its potential value as an alternative source of cellulose fibers. In a collaboration with a diverse team of experts we explored the process of gathering and processing the material and conducting laboratory tests and experiments.
In the Craftsman Workshop Vevce we tried out different techniques and experiments for preparing handmade paper products from Japanese knotweed pulp. By testing different formulations and milling times, we looked into possibilities for creating sample materials. The experience we acquired through experimentation allowed us to complement the knowledge obtained from the available literature and online resources with the traditional knowledge of the workshop.
The results were presented in a library of materials, prototypes, and products, serving as an invitation for further development and cooperation. What could be created from the presented prototypes and materials?
Photo: Natasa Kosmerl