“Caro Barro” sculpture

by Sep Verboom

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The “Caro Barro” sculptures result from a collaboration between the Belgian designer Sep Verboom and the artisans of Coqueiro Campo, a Brazilian village in the Valley of Jequitinhonha, in the north of Minas Gerais. Following centuries of tradition, the woman of the community still produce artisanal ceramics that are made entirely from natural materials. For this project, the Belgian organization Beleza Design & Art collaborated with the Brazilian ngo Artesol to invite Verboom and his brand “Livable”, which specializes in working with artisans all over the world. Verboom lived and worked with the artisans for one month. The resulting sculptures mix the traditional visual language of these artisans with material elements from the village, such as roof plates. They tell the story of this valley, which has been taken over by eucalyptus plantations that have displaced the local people, ruined their land and forced them to be even more reliant on the sale of their ceramics — emphasizing their most precious natural recourse: clay.

Copyright picture: Renato Navarro

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SEP VERBOOM With his label Livable designer Sep Verboom (°1990, works in Ghent) cooperates with traditional communities in the Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil. Together with local people Verboom creates projects in which crafts, social engagement, design and human contact beautifully merge. As these communities don’t have professional structures the final product is always unique. Beautiful examples are the FAN project (2014) in the Philippines’ Cebu City, for which he recycled the metal structure of fans and combined these with newly made rotan structures in lamps, and the Caro Barro project (2016) in the Brazilian Vale do Jequitinhonha, where he made ceramic vases that combine traditional local techniques with a contemporary design. Line by line Verboom also integrates this knowledge into industries such as Belgian companies Vincent Sheppard, for whom he designed the Aya-collection, and Papilio, for whom he designed the Rope Rugs. Doing so, he wants to realise his final goal: a social, ecological and qualitative revolution of the traditional industries. In 2018 Sep Verboom won the German Recycling Design prize and the Belgian Henry Van de Velde, Young talent Award.
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