Else corals and mosses projects represent a new approach towards surfaces and shapes.These collections of vases are created with a special technique where the final shape is perfectly defined by the own mass and weight of a liquid material.Original models shapes are made by casting liquid porcelain into a hollowed block of foam, letting the weight of the liquid material insert itself into the pores of the foam. This way of casting creates organic shapes that arise depending on physics rather than on pre-designed decisions.-Material: ResinColors: Shades of red
Maarten Kolk and Guus Kusters have created Waterloop – a textile production method that minimises water usage. Considered one of the world’s worst water polluters, the textile industry needs a sustainability shake-up. Kolk and Kusters carried out extensive research at the Audax Textielmusuem in Tilburg to combine digital printing, unbleached thread and smart water consumption to create stunning textile samples. The key attribute of Waterloop is the production process, which can easily be adopted by other designers for sustainable textile manufacture.
(Source: maartenkolk-guuskusters)

A ‘Green’ Way to Make Indigo

Bacteria have been adapted before to help create the indigo dye used to color jeans. But just as the plant-derived dyes carry a trace of red pigment, the bacteria-produced dye also contained some of the unfashionable red hue. Power and his colleagues recently found a way to tweak the organism Escherichia coli to eliminate the trace of red in its pigment, leaving a deep true blue.

"We created a natural ation process that produces exactly what the fashion industry describes as the indigo look," says Scott Power, a research fellow at Genencor International in Palo Alto, Calif.

The bacteria, itself, doesn’t turn the dye blue. Instead it converts sugar (usually corn syrup) into a reddish amino acid called tryptophan. Genencor spliced a gene into the bacteria to eliminate the red tones and create a substance called indoxl, which spontaneously turns blue when exposed to air. They call the color “bioindigo.”

Material Dialogue was a cross-disciplinary collaborative project personally set up by Brodie Sim and Camilla Wordie. The aim of this collaboration was to build up a conversation between surface and space, whilst challenging ideas of function and aesthetics. This was achieved by creating a collection of eight 20 x 20 tiles using materials related individually to their personal projects.
Stress and fear in animals that are about to be slaughtered can change the taste and colour of their meat. The installation attempts to distill the taste of fear by infusing berries with these stress-hormones.
Cortisol, Adrenalin and lemon juice are slowly dripping into the ripening fruit, in a chemical reenactment of a biological experience of violence.
Commissioned by Marije Vogelzang
Thanks to Bart Van Balen
Words by Cohen van Balen
Edible Textiles was an experimental process as part of Camilla her final degree project. By manipulating a collection of ingredients, she was able to challenge the boundaries of textiles. The structure and formation of the food was changed to create a surface that could be translated as a material.
Text and images: Camilla Wordie
GhostFood explores eating in a future of and biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. The GhostFood mobile food trailer serves scent-food pairings that are consumed by the public using a wearable device that adapts human physiology to enable taste experiences of unavailable foods. Inspired by insect physiology (insects use their antennae to smell and thus navigate their world) and long-standing human traditions of technological extension of the senses, the device inserts direct olfactory stimulation into the eating experience. Scents of foods threatened by climate change are paired with foods made from climate change-resilient foodstuffs, to provide the taste illusions of foods that may soon no longer be available. GhostFood staff serve the public, guiding visitors through this pre-nostalgic experience, and engaging dialogue.