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Knitted Mycelium

> Mycelium and Textile

Material: textile, mycelium
Technique: knitting
Shaping: by textile construction, stretching

Detail: Study Material- Conttruction based.

Berlin,  2022

Exhibited: DDW 2022, Yksi Expo “Rethinking Plastic2022”
https://ddw.nl/en/programme/8824/solidified-textiles


About:
The project explores the transformation of solidifying materials into three-dimensional textile objects. Hybrid yarns of fabric and materials such as mycelium are processed through various textile construction techniques into objects that challenge the boundaries of conventional textiles.



Detaill:
Transforming Materials into Textiles
For the development of three-dimensional structures, the designer uses a method that allows her to process different materials into a yarn, which is then processed in the next step using textile construction techniques.
The combination of material and construction allows to solidify textile movements.


Knitted Mycelium
Mycelium is a lightweight but very stable material with other excellent properties.
To grow mycelium it was mixed with organic material. Combined with fabric it was knitted into a three-dimensional shape. To solidify or freeze the design, the mixture was kept under certain circumstances to start the growing process of a stable fungal mesh. The process was stopped by adding heat.


Construction and Design
The design of the objects are inspired by baskets. Traditional techniques such as hexagon weaving were explored to complement familiar textile techniques. The design of the basket provides further functions when turned upside down. Depending on the properties of the material the Solidified Textiles could be scaled-up, to may take on a spatial dimension.