A short film about crafting objects at sea, in the past with whale’s teeth and the future with caught plastic melted with a machine harnessing the sun.
In the past, sailors on whaling ships would carve whale teeth into works of art in a process called scrimshaw.
These pieces would be brought home to loved ones as mementos of the voyage.
Design incubator Studio Swine is attempting to recycle found materials and turn this aged art form into a more sustainable practice.
In this short film, travel to remote parts of the ocean, where “the closest people are in a space station,” and watch as the process of collecting ocean trash and transforming it into beautiful treasure unfolds.
Gyrecraft is an exploration into maritime crafts which exists in every coastal or island culture around the world each with its own unique identity, utilizing what the sea provides.
Many of these crafts took place onboard boats during long voyages as a way of making vital repairs or passing the time at sea.
Studio Swine went on a journey of 1000 nautical miles collecting plastic on the way from Azores to the Canaries through the North Atlantic Gyre with the Solar Extruder; a machine they designed and built which melts and extrudes sea plastic using the Sun.
A special thank you to Pangea Exploration for their kind support