Post-Couture Collective: Downloadable Garments for the DIY Generation | Ecouterre

Chua, J M (2015) Post-Couture Collective: Downloadable Garments for the DIY Generation [Online] Available from: http://www.ecouterre.com/post-couture-collective-downloadable-garments-for-the-diy-generation/

Note: I have used this resource in my essay

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Tzuri Gueta

Again, very intriguing use of materials. As I have worked a lot with silicon in the past I am fascinated how Tzuri Gueta has facilitated its flexibility to create his jewellery pieces by moulding it using different materials such as lace and other fabrics.

Photos: Gueta, T (2014) Lookbook, mixed media jewellery

Gueta, T (2014) Lookbook [electronic resource] Available at: http://www.tzurigueta.com/en/jewels/lookbook

Demi Chao

These jewellery pieces by Demi Chao are begging to be touched! Their tactility is too tempting to be resisted, which I find a very intriguing quality. I am attracted to work, which speaks to multiple senses and moves between uses and materials.

Inspired by microscopic images of pollen cells and sea corals, Chao’s pieces also speak to me through a shared love of nature and the fascinating combination of art and science.

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Photos: Adam Kant Photography 

Chao, D (n.d.) Untitled [electronic resource] Available at: http://demichao.wix.com/studio

Grow your own ‘leather’ experiment!

I started to grow my own ‘leather’ last week according to  the instruction I posted previously.

The leather is grown tweaking the recipe to brew Kombucha slightly. Kombucha is a Korean health drink said to restore the bodies ph balance. I personally have not tried Kombucha and now I know how is brewed, I doubt I will…

Anyway, here is the Scoby (short for ‘symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast’) which is used to ferment sugary tea, resulting in Kombucha.

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It does actually feel quite leathery but also slimy. And it smells very sweet and yeasty. Hmmmm…

In the leather recipe, 200ml of vinegar is added to the traditionally mix of 200g sugar, 2 litres of boiling hot water and several black teabags for brewing Kombucho. I am guessing this is to speed up the growing process of the culture.

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Photos: Pascale Dilger (2015)

It is very important that the Scoby does not come in contact with metal as this would kill the bacteria. After the Tea, sugar, vinegar mixture has cooled down to room temperature the Scoby is added and covered with a muslin cloth (to keep the fruit flies away). In the next 24-48 hours a thin film should start forming on the surface of the mixture. This is the microbes multiplying when feeding off the sugar in the solution. This thin film will thicken over the next few days and when it has reached roughly an inch in thickness, it is ready to harvest.

It has been quite an interesting experiment so far but handling the Scoby is not for the fain hearted as it is seriously looking and smelling out of this world. It can be bought over the internet from £7 onwards (from Amazon for example)  There are Kombucho brewing kits available too, which include glass containers as well as all the ingredients needed to brew the health drink.

I’m intrigued how this placenta like looking disk can produce ‘leather’ which made this:

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Photo: Lee, S (2010) microbial leather jacket

Here is Suzanne Lee, who made this waste coat, giving a TED talk on microbial leather (2011).

 

Grow Your Own Microbial “Leather” in Your Kitchen (DIY Tutorial)

I am currently trying this out myself!

Source: Grow Your Own Microbial “Leather” in Your Kitchen (DIY Tutorial)

Chua, J M (2010) BioCouture: U.K. Designer “Grows” an Entire Wardrobe From Bacteria [Online] Available from: http://www.ecouterre.com/u-k-designer-grows-an-entire-wardrobe-from-tea-fermenting-bacteria/ 

Note: I have used this resource in my essay

BioCouture: U.K. Designer “Grows” an Entire Wardrobe From Bacteria

I came across this article a while ago through the ecouterre newsletter. I found it a very intriguing concept and am keen to learn more regarding the possibilities of biodegradable fabrics. I also liked the idea of the designer also being the fabric’s creator and how this could change the relationship we have with clothing.

Chua, J M (2010) BioCouture: U.K. Designer “Grows” an Entire Wardrobe From Bacteria [Online] Available from: http://www.ecouterre.com/u-k-designer-grows-an-entire-wardrobe-from-tea-fermenting-bacteria/ 

Note: I have used this resource in my essay

Mycelium chair

I love this chair by Studio Eric Klarenbeek! It was created by 3D printing mycelium, the threadlike network of fungi combined with organic waste. Once dried, it becomes a stable and renewable material. I find the combination of this sustainable, very much alive material with the technological precision of 3D printing fascinating and am very interested in incorporating it into my own work.

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Klarenbeek, E & Dros, M ( 2014) Studio Eric Klarenbeek ‘Mycelium Project’ [Online] Available from: http://www.ericklarenbeek.com/#product

Biocouture/Biofabricate

I have recently been very interested in the development of sustainable fabrics and came across Susan Lee, who is a NASA/Nike Material Innovator.

She founded Biocouture in 2014, ‘the world’s first biocreative design consultancy’ (Biocouture, 2014), working with companies to explore sustainable material for future consumer products.

On the Biocouture website the subsection Biofabricate can be found, which is the portal to information on research into the possibilities of Mammalian cells, bacteria & yeast, fungi and algae as potential product material.

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Photo: Lee, S et al (2014) Biofabricate

Lee, S et al (2014) Biofabricate [electronic resource] Available at: http://www.biofabricate.co

Note: I have used this resource in my essay

London Design Festival: Tent & Liberty

What an inspiring trip to London!

The London Design Festival hosted a huge variety of events between the 19th -27th September and I visited the Tent & Super Brands exhibition in Shoreditch  as well as the department store Liberty.

Vibrant display of colours,  a lot of floral surface pattern design and Fauxidermy (Faux Taxidermy) galore!  Seemingly very popular, it is available in all forms and shapes from fabric to cardboard and also offered as a DIY kit from Liberty.

Photos: Pascale Dilger (2015)