To thread, to trace

To thread, to trace
"To thread, to trace", Benedetta Pompili, 2023.
An applied study that traces the regional resources of ecological interest and exercises in space with non-extractive and circular restoration methods

Benedetta Pompili
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Team members
Benedetta Pompili
Field of work
Design, Ecology, Multimedia, Research
Project category
Material tracking and reuse
Project submitted

I am a social designer based in Amsterdam (IT, 1995). A dedication to investigating materials with a focus on their narratives and environmental impact identifies my practice. I rethink making techniques and their aesthetics toward circular making. My research aims to share knowledge, motivate care, and retrace tradition by thinking and acting in an interdisciplinary way.

Urging to approach making through an environmentally sensitive lens, in 2019 I attended the Social Design Master at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL). As an artist in residence at Sunday Morning EKWC (European Keramiek Work Center) in 2021, I developed her graduation project "Conversing With Matter", nominated for the Gijs Bakker Award.

In 2022, I have been a resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam as a Tech Fellow of the ceramic department.
Additionally, I am among the recipients of the Stimuleringsfonds Arita Residency (2024) and of the Building Talent Grant (2022).

Currently, I cover the position of ceramic specialist at the Royal Academy of the Arts of The Hague and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She mentored through the workshop format in academic and not contexts, such as the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), Drop City (IT), and Alcova (IT), among others.

My works have been displayed at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (NL), Alcova (IT), Design Museum Gent (BE), and the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics (NL), among others.

Facing the destruction generated by the unbridled growth and the negligence towards the environment of current economic and political systems, "To thread, to trace" entails situated material research, applied during an intensive workshop, exploring a set of circular making approaches possible under such conditions.

In the belief that the situated research and the direct application of the materials involved in architecture and design represent the crucial components for the growth and the ecological shift of the disciplines, the project envisions LINA’s programme as a ground to apply renovation in a circular mode with a focus on local materials.

Having as a core Pompili’s specialist knowledge on sustainable ceramics and enamels, the on-site study and its application in space will give an occasion to test the enmeshed flows of matter of a situated LINA event and to build with them to inspire, gather regional knowledge, and collect direct experience on circular making as a basis for future commissions.

On the one hand, the project intends to first-hand trace the urban and rural streams of materials within a specific context. Adopting Tim Ingold's definition of ecology,¹ the workshop envisions waste streams and resources as a composition of thoroughly entangled pathways to thread and "learn with". Depending on the characteristics and narrative of each material, the study will determine a selection including urban and rural waste.

On the other hand, a joint study of the resources and their techniques will define the most suitable and stimulating context to integrate them within a project in the agenda of the chosen LINA event. During an extensive workshop, by repairing portions and/or building elements, "To thread, to trace" aims to initiate a ground for contextualised research and active practice while promoting circular modes of thinking and acting within design and architecture.

[1] Ingold, Tim, Lines: A Brief History, Routledge, 2016.