The Miami Design District has chosen designer Fernando Laposse for their 2019 Design Commission. For his Miami Design District installation Pink Beasts, Fernando Laposse has commissioned the work of like-minded fiber artist, Angela Damman as well as local artisans in Sacabah, Yucatán as part of the installation.
For Pink Beasts Laposse used cochineals, a tiny insect that is native to central Mexico and grows on the Upontia cactus, commonly known as the prickly pear. Cochineal produces the world’s brightest natural red dye, which was originally used by the Aztecs to color everything from textiles to buildings. The cochineals are from an organic farm in the mountains of Oaxaca and dyed the fibers of the agave plant (also known as ‘sisal’) to make a landscape of pink.
Pink Beasts showcases the versatility of Fernando Laposse’s work. Strands of pink sisal tassels suspended through the trees will guide visitors to discover a collection of pink hairy sloths hung from trees and arches throughout the neighborhood. Sculptural hammocks, created in collaboration with textile designer Angela Damman, will feature unbraided sisals with otherwise traditional Mayan design. These will hang on metal structures and directly on palm trees.
The installation was handmade by a community of Mayan weavers of Sacabah in Yucatán.
By interacting with Pink Beasts at Design Miami/ and in the Miami Design District, visitors are reminded that there are still sustainable and organic ways of achieving vibrant color.