Fruitleather Rotterdam

Another ‘leather’ project I have recently come across is Fruitleather Rotterdam. A project developed by design students at the Willem de Koonig Academie in Rotterdam aiming to highlight the social issue of food waste in Rotterdam while offering a solution to this problem through innovative design.

The concept of fruit leather is not new and snacks made of this type of processed fruit is readily available to buy in shops as snacks for children and adults.

What makes this fruit leather different is the use of fruit destined for the bin. The students collected the unwanted fruit from the Rotterdam fruit market for several months, boiling, pureeing and drying the fruit pulp to create the ‘leather’. The raw material was then made into a bag, illustrating the potential of this material.

The next step for the project is to improve the ‘leather’s’ durability and continue their research into how to make this material a viable option for leather type product.




De Boon, H et al (2015) Fruitleather Rotterdam. Online resource [available at]


Microbial Leather experiment continued


After letting the Scoby feed on the sugary tea solution for approximately four weeks, an inch thick layer of microbial culture has accumulated on the surface of the liquid and is now ready to be harvested. After washing the microbial mat with soapy water, I then laid it on wooden boards to dry. Depending on the thickness of the mat, the drying process can take several days until the leather is ready to be worked with.


Photos: Pascale Dilger, 2015


Following up from Blond & Bieber’s project, I researched ways in which I can use algae pigment in my own work. This led to discovering Seacolours, an initiative which researches the possibilities of using algae pigment on an industrial level. The aim is to find a sustainable alternative to toxic colorants and dyes, saving water and protecting the environment.

Information on how to extract pigment from algae can be found on the website and I intend to use these instructions when experimenting with algae pigment in my own work.

Extract from PDF document:

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See the full document here:  dyes_and_colourants_from_algae

Perez, L M: Seacolours (2015) Online source. Available at:

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Blond & Bieber: Algaemy

Fascinating concept by design duo Blond & Bieber, developing pigments from micro algae which is then used in textile printing. Beautiful blue, green, red and yellow tones, which change shades in response to sunlight exposure. Blond & Bieber have developed an analogue textile printing machine, which also grows the algae to create the pigment for the printing ink.

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Glomb, J & Weber, R (2014) Blond & Bieber: Algaemy [Online] Available from:

Note: I have used this resource in my essay