Future WardrobeBioplastic “living” rain jacket
Bioplastic “living” rain jacket.
Countering fossil fuel-based textiles and synthetic dyes extraction, production, uses, and end of lifewithin the fashion and textile industry. Humans’ disconnection to non-human nature causes rampant overconsumption of anthropocentric products. Textiles and garments are produced, worn, and discarded with no regard for people, planet, and non-human organisms.
We are at the dawn of algae research for material development and symbiotic systems for coexistence and planet-centric design. Algae is suitable as a biodegradable textile material, as a natural pigment or as a potential energy and oxygen source.
Future Wardrobe is a material-based proposal where micro-algae is grown and nursed as a companion, harvested, and used for the material within the garment. The challenge is to merge biotech and fashion, demonstrating innovation in materials, technologies, and digital fabrication and mutating the concept of wearables to a human-microorganism symbiosis.
Future Wardrobe is a bioplastic “living” garment, drawing on the hydrophobic properties of alginate, allowing the garment to host living algae in a continuously circulating liquid chamber. The “future” feature is a biome where the algae can interact with the wearer, through movement, sound, and environment.
The project will showcase algae’s potential uses as a non-polluting energy and light source, air purifier, food source, and future textile fabrication. The design will follow circularity principles by creating a fully biodegradable material, sourced locally, minimizing negative impacts on people, place, and non-human organisms.
LARA CAMPOS (Spain)
Textile artist, designer and biomaterials researcher, blurring boundaries between materials, technology, and biology. She believes that design can open space for dialogue between humans and other living beings, enriching respect and coexistence.
CATHERINE EUALE (United Kingdom)
Textile artist (and activist) focused on natural material exploration, sparking dialogues between humans and non-human organisms, and advocating for planet-centric design. Her work aims to merge cloth with earth and mirror the deep relation with the “other” – people, planet, animals, and the interconnected web of being.
BIOBABES (United Kingdom)
Experienced designers, Thora Arnardottir and Jessica Dias, represent the international collective, BioBabes, a feminist group of makers, designers, and researchers engaged in the redesign of relations and interactions with our living environment. They work to disseminate bio-design to a broader audience with innovations related to the emerging field through wearables that incorporate living organisms and biosynthetic processes.