DOMINGOS TÓTORA

BORN 1960, MARIA DA FÉ, BRAZIL. LIVES AND WORK IN MARIA DA FÉ, BRAZIL

 

FROM HIS HOME BASE LOCATED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF RURAL MINAS GERAIS, WHERE HE LIVES IN TOTAL HARMONY WITH THE LUSH SURROUNDING NATURE, DOMINGOS TÓTORA GIVES A SECOND LIFE TO CARDBOARD, HIS MATERIAL OF CHOICE. PERPETUATING A BRAZILIAN TRADITION OF RECYCLING, TÓTORA TRANSFORMS RECLAIMED CARDBOARD INTO A RANGE OF RAW, ORGANIC OBJECTS AND PIECES OF FURNITURE. AT THE HEART OF TÓTORA’S WORK IS TODAY’S ESSENTIAL CONCERN FOR SUSTAINABILITY.

TWO DOZEN LOCAL ARTESANS PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPLEX MANUFACTURING PROCESS. RECLAIMED CARDBOARD IS CUT INTO TINY BITS AND TRANSFORMED INTO A CELLULOSE PLASTER WITH THE ADDITION OF WATER, GLUE AND NATURAL PIGMENTS. SCULPTED, MOLDED OR CARVED, THIS PLASTER WILL BE THE UNIQUE MATERIAL USED TO MAKE VASES, BOTTLES, WALL PANELS, BENCHES...

BORN AND RAISED IN MARIA DA FE, DOMINGOS TÓTORA RETURNED TO HIS HOMETOWN AFTER STUDYING DESIGN IN SAO PAULO. HE CHOSE CARDBOARD AS THE SOURCE MATERIAL FOR HIS WORK AFTER NOTICING THE HUGE QUANTITY OF DISCARDED CARDBOARD EVERYWHERE IN TOWN. "THAT'S WHEN I DECIDED TO RESEARCH HIS MATERIAL. I MADE EXPERIMENTS AND I REALLY LIKED THE RESULT, VERY CLOSE TO WOOD". 

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DOMINGOS TÓTORA I HASTES, 2016 I RECYCLED CARDBOARD I DIAM. 150CM x 31CM

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DOMINGOS TÓTORA I DISCO FRISOS, 2016 i RECYCLED CARDBOARD I DIAM. 130CM

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DOMINGOS TÓTORA I CARAPIA, 2016 I RECYCLED CARDBOARD I 241CM X 36CM X 45CM

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DOMINGOS TÓTORA I DISCO RELEVO KRAFT, 2016 I RECYCLED CARDBOARD I DIAM. 180CM

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