The Suber Collection is the result of an investigative project into the process of laminating and forming materials. I was interested in exploring methods of creating formed objects without the use of complex and expensive machinery. I developed a process of inflating car tyre inner tubes inside negative moulds. The outward pressure created by the inflated inner tube forces the layers of cork against the walls of the mould forming the resulting shapes.
Aside from its sustainable attributes cork is a warm and tactile material, its readily available in sheet form and has no grain making it highly flexible and easy to work with. Using a very limited range of tools, just a scalpel, glue and sandpaper, the process allows the batch production of high quality, handmade objects with very little investment.