Hello, my name is charlotte.
I’m a student Industrial product design at Howest in Kortrijk, Belgium. This semester I’m following an experimental course called Grow it yourself. The object of the course is to start an experimental process to gain new insight on growing our own materials. Further down the line we will use our grown material to prototype with.
I’m still undecisive about what exactly I want to grow.
I ether want to grow crystals and then test different ways of using them.
For instance crush the crystals completely. Then mix the sand like mixture with some sort of glue. Then pour it into a mould.
Another idea was to grow the crystals on a piece of textile so it would be flexible.
The other material I would like to grow is Kombucha leather.
First of all I thought about using it the same way as paper pulp, but how will the glue effect the material?
Maybe it would then be easier to use an iron and patch together the pieces with the heat.
Then my questions are: Will it be strong enough, once patched together? Or is it stronger to grow it in one big piece?
So I’m clearly still working out what to do. I have already started growing my first piece of kombucha. If it works out well, perhaps this would be more interesting to pursue then the crystals.