Loam Identity

Inspired by the resources of Drenthe I started researching Drenthes’ soil: loam. By choosing this I brought myself into the nature and foremost I brought myself into the process of making. I focused on transforming loam into a stronger and constructive material with a unique appearance. By making a manual stone press the production of loam stones is transformed into a manual skill. During the process the maker adds identity to the common loam stone by using moulds. These moulds add an aesthetic value to the stone but are also identifying marks that show the presence of the maker.

The biggest part of Drenthe exist from boulder loam, a combination of loam, sand, gravel and rocks. For thousands of years loam stones have been used for construction but the use of them dropped dramatically with the invention of the brick in 3500 B.C.”