Here's all about Materials Exploration~
Sustainability is a huge topic for all designers, and it is especially important for CMF designers. I have spent the semesters exploring some of the new materials available and trying to grow some biomaterials, as well as some new creations of existing materials.
Natural Dye Bamboo Fabric
Use a hammer to imprint the juice of the petals directly onto the fabric, or you can use small beads and straps to tie the fabric into a certain structure before putting it into the boiled dye pigment for dyeing.
Recycle PET Plastic Earring
Collected water bottle caps, used baking paper underneath, melted in a pan, and mixed randomly to give it some texture. After it cooled and became solid, I cut it with a band saw, sanded it, and attached the earrings.
Kombucha Tea Bag | Package
Kombucha's wet fiber mats can be shaped, dyed and dried. When dried the fiber will have the tough leather texture and I use it as tea bags and small food packages. It is edible, compostable and very healthy.
Corn Husk Paper
Corn husks were broken up to mimic paper pulp and make a new attempt at creating my own paper. But the corn husk fibers were too coarse and tough, the final dried product was very fragile and not exactly writable.
Mycelium is also a good material, theoretically it can grow into any shape you want, compostable, impact resistant, and fire resistant. I tried to make bracelets out of it, but it proved unsuitable for use in small molds.
Flower Dye Kombucha Brooch
The dried kombucha fiber has leathery texture, and the diversity of its nature (being food/material/fabric at the same time) makes me want to explore more. So I dyed it with flower petals, and finally made a unique brooch.
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