What does it look like to give waste a second life? Discarded fishing nets and construction materials are transformed into elegant objects for everyday use by two creative sisters determined to change our perception of an object’s lifespan.
Todo To Do is a project by Spanish sisters Elena and Selina Feduchi, who want to challenge perceptions about the malleability and usefulness of waste. Selina, an architect, and Elena, a designer and photographer, combined their creative talents to start working on the project in 2018.
Since then, they’ve developed two inventive projects. The first, Rederas, is a series of accessories based on summers in Galicia where the sisters were inspired by the materials left over from the local fishing trade. Using discarded fishing nets they fashioned functional objects like mobile phone bags.
The second project, Oberas, is a collection of delicate vases fashioned out of construction waste found on the streets. PVC tubes and concrete blocks are moulded and morphed into contemporary statements for the home.
Here we chat to Elena and Selina about how they got started on the project and the regenerative philosophy that fuels their creations.
Where did the idea for the project come from?
Todo To Do reflects our way of thinking and what we believe in. “Todo” in Spanish means “everything”, combined with the verb “to do”, since we defend the idea that everything is done, but at the same time everything remains to be done.
When we talk about Todo To Do, we talk about sustainability and the reuse of materials. We work mainly through the observation of things that are interesting for us. Rather than focusing on its design, we are interested in the everyday life of the objects and the people around them.
How do you source the materials for these objects?
Our principal sources are materials from our environment that are easily accessible to us. We defend the idea that all materials can have a second life after their initial purpose. That is why the fact of reusing materials is very important for us.
This vision helps us to give a very aesthetic sense to something inert and industrial, such as in our second project Obreras (spanish word for female construction workers), where we used construction materials like PVC tubes, rubble, bricks, and concrete to create vases.
“We defend the idea that all materials can have a second life after their initial purpose.”
What does your design philosophy and process look like?
We like to observe and understand the techniques of craftsmen and workers that are not specifically from the design world. Starting from these observations we create our own objects, decontextualising them from their original environment and giving them another meaning, adapting them into our lifestyle.
One example that reflects our design philosophy is our first project called Rederas (the Spanish word for craftswomen that repair fishing nets). The project was born in Viveiro, a fishing village in the north of Spain. The port there has a huge warehouse where the craftswomen repair the fishing nets that are stored there. We got in touch with them, and learned their stitching techniques. This inspired us for our first collection Rederas, a series of handmade accessories – bags, purses and mobile phone bags, made with fishing materials.
“Sustainability and recycling should be key elements in our day to day life.”
What do you hope people will take away from this project?
We like to raise awareness with our designs and the stories behind them. We believe that sustainability and recycling should be key elements in our day to day life.
Although it may seem that objects are always finished and have a “proper” function, this can change, infinitely adapting to the current context.
“We like to focus on one subject and approach it in many different ways.”
Where do you want to take Todo To Do next? Anything exciting coming up?
We are always looking for new projects and new trades and materials to approach and learn from. We do not agree with the philosophy of producing at all costs, so we like to focus on one subject and approach it in many different ways.
We have recently rented a workshop in Madrid with a group of designers and artists in which we hope to create a place where we can continue experimenting, learning and dealing with these topics that interest us, we are very excited!