Manufacture by growth
Beth's original plan was to emulate nature in its “manufacture by growth” phenomenon, but she decided that it may be possible and even better to coax nature into doing so for her, using its materials. Nature builds and decays: it is always in flux. When we create a product we deem it either “complete” and ready to be sold or “broken” and ready to be sent to the dump, where it will remain broken. We have a lot to learn from nature’s blurry lines. Nature knows when to build in reaction to stimuli; nature knows how to repair rips, tears, holes; and nature knows how to reabsorb its products and later rebuild them into something more necessary. It makes sense to create a fashionable piece in a material that does not last, as the style will not last. Fashion is by definition fleeting and so its materials should also be. In fashion, styles are reabsorbed and reframed: it makes sense to make them out of materials that do the same.
Materials: Crystal (potassium aluminum sulfate, water), cotton gauze