The Charred Collection
Collection of wooden objects that draws inspiration from one of the most powerful natural phenomena in our world, which is getting out of hand.
Today, the percentage of wildfires is lower than those caused by humans.The giant fires, which rapidly devour the forests and resumes, leave behind a slightly surreal landscape of burnt and black forest.
In an era characterized by fast and changing fashion that leads to polluting and wasteful industries, I felt that my role as a designer requires me to relate to and embrace values such as sustainability, environmental activism and zero waste.
The project provides a green alternative to a matter, and seeks to bring man and nature together by giving man an active role in growing and recycling the object.
Out of interest in this show was created the desire to preserve the unique aesthetic of the burnt wood and to express the feelings and questions it raises as raw material. The same scorched aesthetic combined with everyday objects, on the one hand, serves as a means of confrontation with the situation we have created and its ecological consequences, and on the other, as a visual echo of the magnitude of the fire and its visual effects that may be born due to the rise in world fires.
The concept of the photoshooting represents the connection between man and his surroundings, and between the objects to its origin story and natural sources.
"I felt the urge, to include myself in the set, to walk barefoot on the ashes of the forest, to be naturally naked and dissolve in this unique landscape" said Elkayam.
Collaboration with the photographer Omer Gaash
The fire rapidly consumes everything in its path. Entire areas, huge forests and trees that struck roots a long time ago, turned into ashes.
The black, morbid and surrealistic landscape that the fire leaves behind, is shocking by the scale of the damage, and the consequences for the whole environment. Yet, at the same time, destruction in nature always leads to rebirth, renewal, and growth.
The wooden chair is inspired by its proportion of the environment and context it blends in, visually, it illustrates the idea rebirth from the ground.
Series of turned wooden vases. that explore deeper into the burning craft and tradition.
The vases examine the surreal burnt landscape within the objects through a variety of shapes, techniques, and layers. By focusing on the range between the iconic image of wood and the unexpected way of the fire to consume and change the material.
By focusing on the range between the iconic image of wood and the unexpected way that the fire consumes and change the raw material, two families of objects has been created. The first, testing the thickness of the vase in different parts and how the fire affect edges of the object, while the second researching the changes of the Silhouette with the burning process.
Series of turned wooden vases. showcase the differences of natural shade of black caused by the burning fire, next to artificial white coating, the preserve the charred texture within it.
Capsule collection for Rezort gallery
Modern interpretation of classic vessels silhouettes made of charred wood.
The simplicity and elegance of lightly extruded forms together with the strong textures and appearance of the fire traces, creates a sort of harmony between feminine and masculine.
Diving deeper into the contex of the charred collection, led the creation and visualize the forest scenery into an object.
The tought of wood as a raw material, that carry its legacy as a tree within it, and the direct link between the fire and its traces on the woods combined into a sirie of burnt candle holders with eco of their story.
Art installation Made for Barbur popup museum
The huge fires are destroying the forests around us, sowing massive destruction on nature, leaving black and lifeless pieces of landscape. Despite this, nature shows its ability to recover and buds of regrowth begin to appear soon.
The designer has created a space where nature returns to the urban spaces, creating a space to observe one of the most interesting and exciting moments that happen in nature - renewal and growth after destruction.
It is an artistic installation at the center of which is the never-ending relationship between destruction and reconstruction, a relationship built and interdependent. In this way, the installation also communicates to the place where it is located, and to the point in time when the Barbour house is renewed and rebuilt.
The installation makes renewed use of scraps and pieces of processed wood, along with raw pieces of branches and trunks from nature that have been preserved into one work that combines different layers of regeneration.