Fish Scale Plastic

20th July 2011

As always the Royal College of art graduation show proffered up some exciting and intriguing projects and yet again there were a series of new materiologists emerging from varying backgrounds of design. Erik de Laurens’ Fish feast project is entirely unique as it touches on issues of sustainability, modern day plastics (similarly to studio Formafantasmas Botanical project) as well as design driven from materiality.

Using the waste material from the fishing industry ie the scales he has developed a new ‘plastic’ that is bonded together simply by the natural oils to be found in the scales. He has also coloured his new materials surprisingly with a range of ‘synthetic’ colours, but when pushed on the issue he was keen to discuss the issues around the possibilities of natural food dye stuffs.

Currently he has used his plastics for ideas for cups and inlay on a table but the possibilities are endless.




Future Silk

11th May 2011

A material revolution? or a technological marvel I am not sure, but I am amazed and inspired by the new material that is being dubbed as Future silk.

A water and protein blend - similar to silk, Fiorenzo Omenetto has shown today on TED his material that is truly programably bio degradable, an edible material that is bio compatible and can be used from packaging to bones to a micro processor. It spans from a truly sustainable bio material to one that can be printed on and harvest light.

You can see the video here







Bio Lace

9th September 2010

These beautiful shots are the latest from Emily Crane who is making waves in the fashion world with her bio lace. She is one of the new materiologists that I have been talking about for a while.

Emily shot these pictures with her bio lace that is grown and cultivated using unique recipes that she has devised. Read my previous blog post to see some more process orientated pictures.

If you want to see the material itself, Emily will be showcasing it during London Fashion week at Vauxhall Fashion scout as part of Kingston Universities Body Laboratory on september the 17th (Invitation only) or at TENT London in the Brick House, Brick Lane.

She is currently working on a film showing her process which I have been promised will be sent to me as soon as it is edited. I will post it up as soon as Emily sends it as I have seen it and it is fantastic!




X endless

22nd July 2010

Another materiologist but working from a very different perspective is Neil Conley a recent graduate of Northumbria University. Showing his work during New Designers we got a glimpse into a new material that he has developed. A sustainable carbon fibre composite titled X Endless.

Basing his project on recent developments in composite recycling that allows carbon fibres from composites to be re-used he has created an entirely new material.

Taking carbon fibres from disused aircraft he mixed them with a bio resin derived from plant oils to create an entirely new carbon fibre composite.

Not only does his project create an entirely new material from perceived waste, it also prevents waste of carbon fibre and offers up new uses for it.

Taking his new materials Neil showcased a series of levels of the process during New Designers as well as showing a series of two urns that represent the full circle recyclability potential of such a material.





New Materiologist

14th July 2010

Fashion designer Emily Crane is part of a new breed of designers who are pushing the boundaries of design through their materials and process. Dubbing them the New Materiologists, she alongside others are growing, cultivating and forming new hybrid materials.

Growing her own materials with which to design from Crane is using agar agar, gelatine and lustres to create both hard and soft materials for the body.

Setting up a lab in her kitchen she is experimenting with growing and freezing bubbles and foodstuffs such as agar agar and glycerin.

Her process involves capturing bubbles that are then frozen into bio lace structures and finished using a variety of lusters.

Borrowing skills from molecular cooking she is making comments on fast fashion and a more sustainable future with her bio lace that is both wearable and edible.

Emily's work will be shown during London fashion week as part of Kingston University's Fashion Ma Body Lab at Vauxhall fashion scout and also during Tent London.

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