Hello BioFab Forum,
To introduce myself, I'm an Industrial & Service Designer from Mechelen, working at a Design, Engineering and Innovation Consultancy company called Achilles Design.
Since I was little, I had both a passion for nature (from bugs to plants, always looking things up) and being creative. When time came to make a decision on what to study, I was in doubt between studying medicine, bio-engineering or industrial design. I picked the last one and after 5 years studying, started working at Achilles. Over the last years, while doing amazing innovation and product design projects, it became clear for me that there's still a long way corporates and (traditional) SME's to even adopt sustainable thinking (not yet: producing sustainably) in their processes. And even myself as a designer, I can still learn a lot. So my main personal goal is -quite cliché- trying to contribute to a more sustainable future through good design and knowledge in sustainable production.
I joined this forum after seeing some cool posts on Instagram by OVAM, where GLIMPSE was featured with the mycelium tiles. After some looking around, I found this forum and I knew this seemed like my holy grail, the crossroads of design, science, experimentation and nature where I was looking for.
Still absolutely new to all of this stuff, so I'm starting from scratch.
But my first project is already brewing/growing, as I tried the nice guide about Bacterial Leather.
No specific project in mind yet, but there are some ideas floating around.
Such as: can you trap a rigid body (eg. 3D-printed stick structure) inside a SCOBY, in such a way that when it's encapsulated and dried, you gain some extra properties such as origami-like features?
Other then that, I'm also growing a plant called 'pollia condensata', which produces blue fruit with the most intense structural coloration (blue) observed in nature. They sprouted, so if I succeed in raising and getting them to develop fruit, there might be some cool project in it too. Growing plants with peculiar features is also something I do in my spare time, altough this is a fairly "passive" activity.
I also really like to brainstorm, come up with ideas for projects (not in the context of my current employment but as a hobby), learn and meet people. I don't know any of you (yet) but I look forward in attending workshops or meetups,... So if you want a creative second opinion, I'd be happy to share my experience!
Thanks and nice to meet you soon!