Project Forest Wool.

Project Forest Wool by Tamara Orjola.

Narrated by Tamara herself.

It all began with research about the forgotten value of plants and the environment we are living in. There is a lot of knowledge and awareness we used to pass from generation to generation which got forgotten due to development of mass-production. Valuable local material and techniques are left behind due to unwillingness of mass-production to adopt for more sustainable but less sufficient sources of production.


You will be surprised to know that the pine tree is the most common tree in Euro-Asia, I grew up around pine forests myself ! I knew that pine tree has much more to offer and in old days it used to be as food, for remedies, to build homes, furniture and other purposes. Nowadays, it is only valuable for the timber.

My project explores how the 420 million kilograms of pine needles left over from the 600 million pine trees which fall in the European Union each year might be used. I have found that when treated, the needles which are composed of cellulose and lignin, can be used in paper, textiles and a composite material for the industry, making them a good alternative for imported fibers like coir and cotton. When processing the fibers you can also extract essential oil and dye.

The Terroir Project

My material experimentation ends in tactile products like stools and mats that communicate about the potential of materials currently discarded by industrial production.

I truly believe that my research can be applied on a bigger scale production. Large wood consumers like Ikea could have a great benefit from this type of approach. Within only pine tree you can have so many materials with different qualities – soft felt, stuffing fiber, packaging material, oils, dye and composite.


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