The Future of Living Materials investigates and develops new ‘living’ materials (eg bio-based materials, textiles from micro-organisms, etc.) for the transition to a sustainable fashion system and a circular society. State of Fashion, Future Makers and Wageningen University and Research (WUR) connect fashion- and product designers engaged in artistic research and design research, to scientists and master students at the WUR.
In different lab projects they jointly develop new, sustainable materials – specifically in the field of fashion and design – to at the same time come to a new imagination and aesthetics which is essential for the transition to a circular economy and society. They also develop new concepts and business models to ‘market’ these materials.
In the context of all social, environmental, economic and political problems of the current fashion industry, there is a great urgency to deal in a more ethical way with (raw) materials, and to question their value and meaning. The interaction between the creative, conceptual and aesthetic approach of designers and the fundamental scientific knowledge on sustainable materials of WUR is essential to develop innovative materials, insights and solutions.
“Living Skin” focuses on the ‘behavior’ of new materials such as mycelium, kombucha and algae when worn on the skin of the human body, and on the personalization of these materials. Aniela Hoitink in collaboration with fashion designer Karin Vlug is researching how to improve Body-Based modelling for MycoTEX. What are the implications of adding sleeves or a collar? How should the mold be designed to optimize the garment-making process?