The Salix Alba, also known as Willow, is found all over the world. Every spring, the Willows are pruned. The trees grow so quickly that they annually produce a large quantity of wicker that is traditionally used for weaving baskets or is considered waste. I wanted to find out if this material had more potential.
Creating my project ‘Sift’ I competed research on this potential of the Willow. What are the characteristics of the branch and what is its composition? These questions formed the basis for my research. After doing many tests, I concluded that the extract of Willow can be used for colouring materials such as textiles and wood. The Hortus Botamicus also brought me to the knowledge that the Salix Alba has been used as a natural penicillin for many thousands of years. This whole study visualised in my display called ‘Sift’.