Micro.colours

Abigail Goodwin, Boram Park
Bachelor Graduation Project within the framework of Greenlab Project GreenDesign 8.0; Circular City – Mapping Berlin`s Material Streams

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Zane Berzina, Prof. Susanne Schwarz-Raacke,
Prof Barbara SchmidtProf. Dr. Lucy Norris,
Essi Johanna Glomb, Julia Wolf

 

Micro.colour investigates the potential of using pigmented microorganisms to create sustainable dyes, liquid pigments and printing methods. In collaboration with TU Berlin, Institut für Biotechnologie, colourfast fabric dyes and pigments have been developed, which need very little water, low temperatures and no chemicals in the process. These dyes can be applied in the textiles and fashion industry. Design techniques such as origami, shibori, monoprinting, and painting were experimented onto fabric surfaces using microorganisms sourced in Berlin. They produce salmon pink, turquoise blue and bright yellow pigments. Growing directly onto the fabric surface creates an organic, unique print. Utilising natural fibres, the fabrics can be upcycled and recycled to extend their lifespan, and composted at the product’s end of life.