Smaranda’s collection is heavily inspired by her passion and awareness of the need for sustainability. Presented in the form of a mixed-reality installation, her narrative is exploring the progression of glacier-melt through a speculative, digital approach. As an active member of the Central Saint Martins Extinction Rebellion Assembly, her aim in developing this body of work was to create a sustainable, waste-free production method that speaks about the implications of design in the context of climate emergency.
Using bioplastic and water-soluble, biodegradable 3D printing, it presents a circular economy system addressing several steps in the design process, recycling or dissolving all the materials involved - from prototypes to final pieces - in an attempt to minimise the waste behind most creative projects, which rarely ever gets addressed. This series of ephemeral jewellery pieces is commenting on the physical implications of global warming while imagining alternative sustainable futures. Using augmented reality to further expand the narrative, it presents an experiential approach to jewellery, recreating cloud and water wearable pieces in a virtual environment, commenting on the socio-political implications of this global issue through a series of wearable Instagram filters meant to illustrate our addiction to the digital world.
Utilising an augmented reality headset to integrate an interactive side and expand this idea by projecting cloud and water digital pieces in the exhibition space, this collection is further investigating humanity’s ongoing migration towards the immaterial, virtual world. Commenting on the future role of the physical object, it speculates on a total shift towards the digital, in a future, consciously-aware post-consumerist society.