The Uprooted

«The Uprooted» project engages in the valuation of invasive and/or exotic plants present in the Camargue and in Provence.

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How does one make invasive species desirable ?

«Invasive species» is a generic term for plants, typically exotic, which colonize and harm the native biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they settle. As they abound in wastelands, city edges, human cultures, wilderness areas or national parks, they impact the territory's transformation and are subject to regular removal.

Because they are a big concern in the Camargue, invasive species are now under study at Atelier Luma.

The first step consisted in drawing a map of all the invasive species present in our territory, whether they are of foreign origin (Japanese knotweed, pampas grass...) or a region's icon, like reed.

The research team is now trying to bring to light the properties of these uprooted plants so as to make innovative and ecological objects.

Today, the focus is on the development of a textile and composite materials. However, Atelier Luma's explorations could lead to the discovery of other uses for these plants which may be transformed into fibers, waxes, resins or dyes. The untapped richness of our wild flora is immense.

// Years of research : 2018/2019

Project team

  • Anne-Claire Hostequin

    Product Designer / Project Manager, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Samy Rio

    Industrial designer

    Paris, France

  • Ensiacet

    Toulouse, France

  • Agromat

    Tarbes, France

  • Laboratoire Génie de Production

    Tarbes, France

  • Parc naturel régional de Camargue

    Arles, France

  • Axelle Gisserot

    Textile Designer / Project Manager, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

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