How can maize farmers help to build a community through finding value in agricultural waste?
Demand for maize in the developing world is estimated to double between 2016 and 2050, which will make it the crop with greatest production globally by 2025. During harvesting, the easiest and least expensive way to get rid of the waste is through ‘slash and burn’ techniques. This releases dioxins, which if exposed in the atmosphere has harmful effects to health.
By repurposing waste materials generated during the production of maize, this project is engaged in creating new functional materials with an aim to eliminate damaging agricultural activities simultaneously providing an extra income for farmers and developing communities worldwide.
Through developing processes including dyeing, blending, and baking, I have achieved 3 separate surface qualities from the waste material; a composite, a paper and a constructed surface.
Surface pattern and colour are inspired by Thai Temples, where thoughts about this project began.