My degree project is concerned with resetting anthropic degeneration in boreal forests, and working with saphrotophs and ectomycorrhizal fungi, while working in a site-specific manner. A lot of the current methods used to increase biodiversity within forests are based on techniques also used for cutting down trees. How can designs aimed at non-human species be given forms also suitable for humans?
Our relationship with the forest is changing and today more people understand the difference between forests and tree plantations. For my degree project, I wanted to work closely with my chosen site and its more-than-human residents, looking at their needs and examining how my presence could be balanced in order to be less problematic.
My work is designing for decay and an increased presence of ectomycorrhizal fungi.
It is a way to position myself closer to the forest and to work towards a greater level of togetherness. I have designed objects to awaken curiosity and to represent the site where I have been working.