Studied design in Design Academy Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Originally from Russia, Ekaterina finds inspiration in her native culture as well as material research. She loves getting creative with shapes, colours and forms from research to actual product. Passion for material research brought her to design study where she learned how to work with different materials like wood, ceramics. During her internship at Ikea Ekaterina acquired experience in trend forecasting and was working on developing concept for new collection. A skill that helped her a lot in the research process for Ekaterina’s graduation project Care for Milk.
22-30 October, Ekaterina Semenova shows her project during Dutch Design Week 2016 as a part of Graduation Show at Design Academy Eindhoven. Ekaterina Semenova’s exhibited work is an attempt to reclaim the way milk used to be valued prior to its mega industrialization. She has explored the effects of different dairy products and waste when used as a glaze on ceramics, which makes the clay both more durable and waterproof.
Overproduction and continuous price drops have seen our appreciation of milk sink to an all-time low. With Care for Milk Ekaterina Semenova wants to reclaim the value of this characteristic Dutch dairy product. Focusing on waste reduction, she collected leftovers from neighborhood households to experiment with new uses. Taking the advice from old Russian craftsmen, she applied it to ceramics. By dipping earthenware into different dairy products, various shades of silky brown appear after baking. Depending on the type and fatness of the milk she can achieve different color result.