As mentioned in my earlier post, I have changed the direction of my thesis. Instead of using the current skills of the artisans and simply creating a new product that is not already being made, I am trying to explore the material's potential to create something that the artisans are not used to making and did not think of doing with bone.
I want to explore how I could possibly manipulate the material to interact with light- so I am developing architectural panels.
My product compared with other, existing ones:
-it is hand crafted by artisans
-use of a material that is not currently being used in this industry
-manufacture of product provides fair wages to artisans that are currently being exploited
-the material is 100% environmentally sustainable
-manipulation of an age-old material that has not been explored in this way before