Natural Selection unites the hearts, minds and stomachs of Farrokh Aman and James Binning, brought together through a shared enjoyment of good company and good food.
Individually established as architects, through their growing collections of ceramic objects the duo explores the relationship between the rituals and cultures of eating and the increasingly industrialised production of food.
The produce from which the plaster moulds are taken is picked from food markets, farms, and discard piles, with items chosen for the unique characteristics that celebrate the strangeness and variety of what is grown in the ground, but which often fails to conform with popular norms and expectations about what our food should look like. Farrokh and James reproduce these food objects in clay using systematic mass production casting techniques, marrying the unconventional beauty of vegetables that are overlooked for their perceived oddities and imperfections with a process that produces almost identical copies.
Picked from the Daylesford Market Garden
Our new ceramic collection by Natural Selection heroes 10 unique vegetables that are unusual or unexpected in their shape, texture or form. Mostly the styles have been moulded from varieties grown at Daylesford Organic Market Garden in Gloucestershire, hand-picked by Natural Selection accompanied by the knowledgeable Head of the Daylesford Market Garden, Jez Taylor.
Pictured: Farrokh Aman and Jez Taylor in the Daylesford Market Garden, accompanied by Jez's trusty dog Norman.
'Re-visiting Daylesford for harvesting some specific pieces to work with has been about enjoying and celebrating the strange assortment and extraordinary wealth of agricultural produce that is available today.'